The season hasn’t even started yet and Kentucky basketball has suffered a significant setback: 5-star freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to miss three months after suffering an injury to his left foot. He will likely need surgery and plans to return in January.

Vanderbilt, a McDonald’s All-American, dealt with multiple foot and ankle injuries prior to his arrival at Kentucky. His latest injury occurred Friday during team skill instruction, one day before the official start of preseason practice for the Wildcats.

“As I told Jarred, my concern for him is getting this thing right and getting him healthy for the rest of his career,” coach John Calipari said in a school-issued news release. “We’ll miss him on the court, but I want what’s best for him and his family, and right now that’s taking care of this injury and making sure he doesn’t have to worry about it again. With the motor and work ethic I’ve seen from him, I have no doubt he’s going to be better than ever when he returns and will provide us with a huge lift in conference play. Now it’s up to his teammates to hold the fort down until he gets back.”

Fortunately for Kentucky, its 2017-18 roster is loaded with talented and versatile forwards, including former 5-star recruits Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones.