Sahvir Wheeler is expected to be available for Kentucky in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Wheeler, who hasn’t played due to injury since Feb. 4, shared that news with reporters on Thursday afternoon. Wheeler said he has been able to practice this week as well.

Here’s the exchange he had with reporters:

Wheeler has been dealing with an ankle injury, but he also missed the Wildcats’ senior day ceremony due to an unrelated procedure.

Kentucky and Providence tipoff at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday.

What this means for Kentucky

The Wildcats are starting to get healthier as the NCAA Tournament approaches. When healthy, Wheeler was averaging 28.6 minutes per contest — he’s a major part of Kentucky’s rotation.

However, the Wildcats have managed to play well with Wheeler absent. True freshman guard Cason Wallace has taken on a bigger role and is 1 of 4 Kentucky players who are averaging double figures.

It will be interesting too see how John Calipari reinserts Wheeler into Kentucky’s rotation for the postseason.