Wisconsin All-American candidate returns to practice after missing a few weeks

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Wisconsin junior forward Sam Dekker has been battling an ankle injury that he suffered this fall and he’s finally returning to practice after missing time.

According to a report from Jim Polzin of the Journal-Times, Dekker practiced in-full on Monday for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks. In recent games against Duke and Marquette this week, the junior was noticeably slowed by the ankle injury.

“It’s not going to be an all-year thing,” Dekker said after practice on Monday. “I think we’re on the right track right now. Getting back on the court for practice has made me the happiest guy in Madison that you can find right now. We’ll leave it at that. I’m pretty excited with what’s going on right now.”

This isn’t Earth-shattering news that Dekker is back to practicing at full speed, but it does indicate that his ankle seems better since last week and he might play in both of Wisconsin’s games this week before a nine-day layoff and a road game at Cal.