The Lady Vols senior guard, who has missed the past six games with a right foot injury, will shoot set shots and free throws today and practice Sunday with an eye toward playing against Georgia on Monday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"It seems like forever since she's been on the floor,'' UT coach Pat Summitt said, "but I think patience was probably on our side."
The Lady Vols will remain cautious with Bjorklund's comeback.
"We're going to progress her slowly,'' said Jenny Moshak, the Lady Vols' associate athletic director for sports medicine. "You can't go from doing nothing for three weeks to full bore."
Bjorklund's progress is timely. Sophomore Taber Spani, who has been starting at off guard, is shooting 14.3 percent from the floor (4-for-28) in her last four games.
Summitt, meanwhile, is concerned about center Kelley Cain, who was in and out of Friday's practice and putting ice on her right hip. The 6-foot-6 redshirt junior, who has undergone multiple knee surgeries and has a history of hip and back issues, hasn't scored more than four points or grabbed more than four rebounds in any of her last three games.
"Jenny is on top of the treatment,'' Summitt said. "It's always a wait and see."
With post player Vicki Baugh still dealing with the aftereffects of multiple knee surgeries, the Lady Vols are fortunate to have Alyssia Brewer. The junior post, who underwent Achilles' tendon surgery on Sept. 10, had her most productive game of the season Thursday night against South Carolina, scoring seven points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
"I was just happy with how I was feeling out there,'' Brewer said. "I was feeling good about my foot and really starting to be able to contribute to the team."
Finally, forward Shekinna Stricklen took a maintenance day Friday after playing 37 minutes against the Gamecocks. She played 39 minutes against Vanderbilt last Sunday.