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OU guard Willie Warren's status for Wednesday's game in doubt

By David Ubben, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.com Modified: January 27, 2010 at 6:02 am •  Published: January 27, 2010

NORMAN — Willie Warren says his ankle is improving, but his status is still in doubt for Wednesday's game against Iowa State.

Warren, a sophomore guard and Oklahoma's leading scorer, sat out Saturday's loss to Texas Tech after injuring his right ankle in practice on Thursday, and attempted to return to practice for the first time on Tuesday.

"Saturday, I could barely walk," Warren said.

He suited up for the game, but remained on the bench in a boot. How the ankle felt and responded to Tuesday's closed practice would determine his availability against the Cyclones.

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel was hopeful Warren would return, but unsure whether that return would be on Wednesday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Warren was able to walk on Sunday while dragging his foot, but couldn't run on Monday. Tuesday, he was able to walk straight without dragging the foot.

"I've had an ankle injury every year, but I've never sat out a game because of an ankle injury. This one is a little worse," he said. "Hopefully, I can come back soon."

Warren said he heard a pop when he landed awkwardly on the ankle in Thursday's practice after an acrobatic layup attempt.