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Leuer returns to practice

Junior forward Jon Leuer has not appeared in a game or practiced since injuring his wrist vs. Purdue on Jan. 9.

Until now.

Leuer was cleared to return to practice Monday morning and joined his teammates on the court during today's practice at the Kohl Center. Last week, the Orono, Minn., native began shooting after practice, but he has now been officially cleared to return to the court.

"It feels good to get back out there and mix it up with the guys," Leuer said after Monday's practice. "That was the main thing I missed, just the camaraderie with my teammates. It's fun to get back out there. Henry (Perez-Guerra) and our medical staff did a great job getting me back as soon as possible. I can't even tell you how pleased I am with what they've done."

Watch the full interview with Leuer here.

There is still no timetable set for his return to game action.

"I'll have to see him on the floor. It'll be tryouts again when he gets back to practice," head coach Bo Ryan said of Leuer at his weekly press conference Monday. "If he comes back to practice he's going to have to try to get back into the lineup I would think."

"I feel like I'm game-ready right now," Leuer said. "I've been able to work out and run and condition so I feel like I'm in really good shape. Right now I'm just taking it day-by-day and seeing if there is any pain and how much I can tolerate. Today went well, so we're just looking at tomorrow right now."

Leuer underwent surgery without complication on Jan. 12 to repair a fractured left wrist. He started the first 16 games of the season and was the Badgers' second-leading scorer at the time of the injury, averaging 15.4 points per game. He also led the team with 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

In his absence, the 14th-ranked Badgers (19-6, 9-4) have boasted a 6-3 record. Leuer admitted it was difficult being just a spectator during that time.

"It's tough to watch, but I was doing whatever I could to support the guys and they've done a great job for the past couple weeks," Leuer added. "They've been fun to watch. We've had some guys step up and it's fun to see some of the young guys grow and mature and step into more of a role for this team. I'm excited to get back and play with them."

Wisconsin returns to the court Thursday at Minnesota. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
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