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Injury updates from Villanova Basketball’s first day of practice

Jay Wright gives a timeline for Bryan Antoine while Gillespie sits out.

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! Just as we thought, the first day of practice for Villanova Basketball brought with it a number of updates on Jay Wright and his team. Wright spoke about his experience with USA Basketball, plans on how they’re bringing along the freshmen class , and how great a job his assistants did while he was over seas.

But easily the most important information was updates on the injury status of the two most prominent members of Villanova’s backcourt. Collin Gillespie sat out the first day of practice while wearing a walking book. Per Terry Toohey of the Delco Times, Gillespie is recovering from plantar fasciitis. Wright insisted that it was merely precautionary and that Gillespie could have gone today if they needed him to.

Bryan Antoine is still recovering from shoulder surgery back in May, but things are progressing well. Again from Toohey’s article, Wright said “There have been no glitches at all so we would be on the positive side of him getting back practicing. I don’t know, probably early December, but being fully healthy, but that’s a guess right now.”

That puts Antoine on a slightly longer time table for return than initially anticipated, but Wright also mentioned that would be for him to be at 100%. It’s also possible we could see Antoine playing before December as he ramps back up to full strength. There will surely be more specifics as the season approaches, but this was a pretty good start for day one.

In other “news”, Jay Wright is selected #2 overall in The Athletic’s college coaches fantasy draft, Steve Kerr is excited about Omari Spellman, and Villanova Football gears up for another matchup with a ranked opponent. Enjoy!

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