Louisville coach Rick Pitino said that Kevin Ware (right) may not be back until the second semester of this school year. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes, USA Today Sports

Louisville Cardinals: Kevin Ware possibly out until early 2014

After suffering what was probably one of the ugliest injuries in not just basketball, but in sports history, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware may not be back until the second semester of the 2013-14 school year, his coach, Rick Pitino, told ESPN’s Andy Katz today.

Pitino said that the junior may not step back on the practice court until October, but did say that Ware was nearly “completely healed” after breaking his leg against Duke in the Elite Eight this past March.

Pitino told Katz:

“I don’t think Kevin will step on the court early in the season…He’ll start working out. He’s almost completely healed, but he hasn’t stepped on the court since last March, so it’s going to take some time. I’m looking more like it’s going to be second semester for him to be 100 percent or close to it.”

Earlier in the week, Pitino had said that the team would “take (their) time” in getting Ware back into action, so today brought a little clearer timetable as far as his return is concerned–but still not too specific.

Ware was mainly used as a bench player in the Cardinals’ run to the national championship as he averaged 16.6 minutes and 4.5 points a game before going down in the tournament. But the team was able to rally around him and bring home their third title and first since 1986.

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