Coach Calipari: Nate Sestina out for four weeks with broken wrist

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Coach John Calipari says Nate Sestina will be out for four weeks because of a broken wrist.

Kentucky's Nate Sestina (1) shoots while pressured by Eastern Kentucky's Russhard Cruickshank during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Kentucky won 91-49. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

"Nate goes to shoot a layup, it gets blocked, he falls back, goes to stop himself, breaks his wrist, hand. Out three to four weeks,' said Calipari in a video he posted on Twitter.

UK Athletics says Sestina fractured his left wrist, his non-shooting hand, and was scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday morning.

Sestina is a graduate transfer from Bucknell and has started in every game this season.

The 6-foot-11 forward has averaged nearly 28 minutes a game so far this season in six games with the Wildcats. In that time, he also averages about seven points and seven rebounds per game.

Sestina, who was also dealing with a foot injury over the spring and summer, marks the eighth different Wildcat to suffer an injury this season.

"We need everybody on board. We need our fans now more than ever, coming to games, cheering, picking these kids up," said Calipari. "So we’re shorthanded again, and your coach is saying, ‘Bring it. Let’s go.’ Remember this: There’s not one person outside the Big Blue Nation or the Commonwealth of Kentucky feeling bad for us.”

Kentucky (6-1) will play the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena as part of the BBN Showcase.

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