Hog forward Michael Sanchez is slated to return in time for SEC play

Fayetteville (UofA) - Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez is still slated to return around the time Southeastern Conference play begins in January, Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said Monday.

Sanchez has missed the first 10 games this season with a foot injury suffered the week of Arkansas' season-opener in November. The recovery time was initially estimated at six weeks.

"He was out there this morning for 10 or 15 minutes," Pelphrey said. "We'll see how it feels this afternoon; we probably won't do a whole lot more with him. It's going to be a time issue with him. We'll start out putting him out there for 10 to 15 minutes a day and try to build on that."

Pelphrey said Sanchez went through some shooting and full-court team drills during the Monday morning workout.

Sanchez, a redshirt junior, has been hampered with foot injuries during his career. The Springdale native missed 28 of Arkansas' 32 games last season with a case of plantar fasciitis.

"It was exciting for me and the rest of the team to see him out there," Arkansas guard Jeff Peterson said. "Mike is going to be able to help us out when he gets back full-strength. He's very optimistic about everything and says he feels better. He looked fine today."

Sanchez started 28 games two years ago, averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Pelphrey said freshman guard Rickey Scott is doing well after missing the Razorbacks' last game with a foot injury.

"I kept asking if he was experiencing any pain this morning," Pelphrey said. "He said he was fine."

Scott has started five games this season, averaging 4.2 points per game.