Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will play Saturday against rival Kentucky, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com.
Dieng, who has been sidelined with a broken wrist suffered while drawing a charging call against Missouri on Nov. 23, practiced with the team on Wednesday.
Pitino said last week that Dieng would not return to play until Jan. 2 against Providence. Two screws surgically inserted into the wrist in late November have helped shorten his recovery time.
The 6-foot-11 junior from Senegal is averaging 8.2 points, eight rebounds and two blocks this season.
Dieng’s parents are scheduled to attend the Kentucky game. It reportedly will be the first time to see their son play for Louisville.