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Rick Pitino: Quentin Snider’s return ‘not in the foreseeable future’

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LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 10: Quentin Snider #4 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the game against the Texas Southern Tigers at KFC YUM! Center on December 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Two weeks ago, Louisville’s starting point guard Quentin Snider went down with a hip injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks, but according to head coach Rick Pitino, the program doesn’t seem to have a feel for when he will be back on the floor.

“We really don’t,” Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “It’s not in the foreseeable future. We’re going to get 4-5 days of practice in him before he plays and it’s a ways away.”

Snider’s return became that much more important last week when back-up point guard Tony Hicks went down for at least six weeks with a broken hand.

Louisville is 3-1 in Snider’s absence, and in the last two games, Donovan Mitchell has played the best basketball of his Louisville career; he was named the Player of the Week. But those performances came in games against Pitt and N.C. State, who have a combined-four wins in ACC play.

The Cardinals need Snider, who is averaging 12.1 points and 4.0 assists this season, back sooner rather than later.

“I’m doing better,” Snider said, according to the paper. “Right now it’s just straight running because I can’t really plant right now and change directions. I’m just getting up shots and doing a lot of stretching and stuff.”