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Missouri forward Johnathan Williams still battling knee injury

MU’s Johnathan Williams is recovering from a partial meniscus tear in his right knee.
MU’s Johnathan Williams is recovering from a partial meniscus tear in his right knee. The Kansas City Star

Sophomore forward Johnathan Williams III, who is dealing with a partial meniscus tear in his right knee, isn’t expected to play in Missouri’s exhibition Wednesday against William Jewell at the Hearnes Center.

Williams returned to practice Sunday and participated in all non-full-court drills, but he said he wouldn’t be ready to resume full-court work until at least Thursday.

“We’re kind of going slow to bring him along a little bit at a time,” MU coach Kim Anderson said.

Anderson added that Williams “seems to be progressing, and hopefully it will continue to get better as we go along,” he said.

The Tigers hope to have Williams available for the regular-season opener Nov. 14 against UMKC at Mizzou Arena, but his availability will “depend on how he reacts” to treatment in the next two weeks.

“My leg did all right,” Williams said when asked how it felt after Sunday’s workout. “It didn’t really hurt, but it got sore a little bit (after practice). I expected that to happen.”

Williams started all 35 games for the Tigers last season and was the team’s leading rebounder (6.5). He also is Missouri’s top returning scorer (5.8) and led the team in blocks (57) as a freshman.

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