When Kevin Ware went down with his gruesome injury in Louisville’s NCAA tournament semi final against Duke, no one knew how bad it was. It certainly looked terrible and it appeared like it may have ended his career.
Less than half a year later, as per ESPN, Ware appears to be on track to return to the court and to his team by October. After what appeared to be a career ending injury, Ware may be set to return within the year. This is absolutely mind blowing and goes to show how hard Ware has worked to get himself back to playing basketball.
According to his coach, Rick Pitino, Ware is now riding a stationary bike and his broken right leg is looking better and better by the day.
“He’s just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing,” Pitino said. “I’d say, in another month he’ll be healed and then he’ll start working out a little bit.”
If Ware is available for the season opener it would be truly impressive and inspiring for his teammates. The cheers he will receive when his name is first announced, whether it is in the starting lineups or off a substitution, will be chill inducing.
At this point there is no doubt that Ware will be back for the Cardinals, it seems that the only question left is how long it will take for him to be back. Louisville used his injury as a rallying point to launch themselves to the NCAA title last year. This year, they will use his return as an inspiration to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament, this time with Ware at their side.