Louisville's Ware In Good Spirits After Surgery

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(AP) -- Louisville guard Kevin Ware was in "good spirits" Monday after having surgery on Sunday night to repair the broken leg in suffered in Sunday's NCAA Tournament game.

Ware told ESPN.com he expects to be discharged from the Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday and return to Louisville.

"Hopefully I'll be back in time to watch practice," Ware told ESPN.com Monday. "It hurts but I'll be fine. I'll be fine."

He plans to travel with the team to Atlanta for the Final Four.

Ware, who suffered the gruesome-looking injury during the first half of the victory over Duke, had a steel rod inserted in his leg during the two-hour surgery.

Ware said he knew something was wrong when he saw the expression on coach Rick Pitino's face while he was on the ground.

"I jumped and my leg felt kind of funny," he said, according to ESPN. "When Coach P tried to help me up, he gave me a funny kind of look. I'm looking at him and then I look down and I see my bone sticking out. It wasn't a hurt feeling. I just went into shock. In the moment, you don't know what's wrong with you. You're just looking, thinking, 'How did this happen?' I never watched the replay. I never want to."

Pitino and other members of Louisville's staff went from the game to the hospital, bringing the Midwest Regional trophy with them.

Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Ware was "in great spirits" and up walking on crutches.

"He was in great spirits, he got some phone calls from Joe Theismann, who went through the same type of injury, he got a call from Greg Anthony, a lot of really positive calls that are making him feel good," Pitino said.

Pitino said there really was no timetable on when he will return.

"It is going to be a long recovery process like Michael Bush, or like Joe but we expect him to make a full recovery in a matter of time," Pitino said, according to the Courier-Journal. "It will be a lengthy time but he'll be with us in Atlanta."

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