Murphy cleared to play against Arizona

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Barring any kind of setback in the next two days, forward Erik Murphy should make his return to the court against Arizona on Wednesday after missing three games with a bone bruise in his right knee.

UF coach Billy Donovan said doctors have cleared Murphy to return to practice but added that he would limit the amount of contact Murphy has in practice Monday and Tuesday.

"He worked out yesterday on his own and did some running," Donovan said. "He'll probably go though about half the contact right now. Provided the next two days go as planned with him physically he should be able to play. He feels good right now.

"Obviously if there's some kind of setback here today or tomorrow where he can't go then we won't play him. But as of today we're going to play him."

The 6-foot-9 Murphy injured his knee during practice on Thanksgiving Day and missed UF's games against Jacksonville, Stetson and Syracuse. The junior from Rhode Island had been averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds and shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range (8 for 14) at the time of his injury.

Sophomore forward Will Yeguete had started in Murphy's place and averaged 9.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the three games.

The Gators (5-2) play host to the Wildcats (6-2) at 7 p.m. at the O'Connell Center. The game is televised on ESPN.