Kentucky star recovers from injury scare to face UConn

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Alex Poythress has been passed fit for the NCAA Championship game tonight, although Willie Cauley-Stein has been ruled out.

Poythress suffered an injury scare during Kentucky's celebrations after their victory over Wisconsin in their Final Four match-up on Saturday evening.

It looked like the forward injured his knee during a post-game pile-up, but he has recovered in time to take his place in the Kentucky lineup to face the University of Connecticut this evening.

But it's not all good news for Kentucky as seven-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein will miss the game due to his ankle problem.

Cauley-Stein picked up the lingering complaint in Kentucky's opening tournament game against Kansas State, and he's missed every match on the Wildcats' run to the Championship final.

He said he was "heartbroken" when he got the news, and will take his place in the stands to cheer on his teammates.

"That's the only thing I can really do is encourage the team to stay positive," he told ESPN. "Even though I can't play, you know, I still serve a purpose of uplifting people and staying in people's ear and cheering and stuff like that."

Cauley-Stein's place in the team will continue to be filled by seven-footer Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee.

Both Kentucky forwards have deputised admirably, with Johnson in particular protecting the rim to good effect and Lee finishing efficiently on the offensive end of the floor.

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