Feb 19, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the 76ers 92-91. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Ricky Rubio Injury: Timberwolves Guard Ahead Of Schedule, Could Play In December

Ricky Rubio is apparently ahead of schedule with his rehab following last year's knee injury. It sounds as though the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard could return to the court in December.

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Ricky Rubio won't rush his return to action

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is back running on his surgically repaired knee, but he doesn't want to rush his return to the court.

He injured the knee in March during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and hasn't played since. Rubio spoke with reporters at the Target Center for a few minutes on Thursday, (via the Star-Tribune):

"I don't know, they say December, but it could be January," he said. "I don't want to say a time because I don't want to rush it. I want to be ready when I am ready."

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"There's not a time because it depends on how the knee goes," he said. "Now I start running and I feel good. In three, four weeks, I'm gonna start agility and if my knee swells a little bit, I have to stop. If not, I'm going to keep pushing it. I'm trying to do as much as I can do. They have to stop me sometimes because I want to do more. Sometimes it's just bad for my knee to do more things."

Rubio will be with the Timberwolves when they begin their training camp on Tuesday, but he will be a limited participant in the practices. At the moment he is limited to just running and shooting free throws; he can't move laterally at this point in his recovery.

The Timberwolves will get their training camp under way on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from Mankato.

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Ricky Rubio's Torn ACL Continues Bad Run Of Season-Ending Injuries In Minnesota

Ricky Rubio's injury turned out to be a torn ACL, ending the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie. It's only the latest in a slew of injuries for the state's top athletes.

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Ricky Rubio Injury: Timberwolves Rookie Out For Season With Torn ACL, According To Report

The worst fears of the Minnesota Timberwolves have been grimly confirmed: The Ricky Rubio injury has been deemed to be a torn ACL knee ligament, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Rehabilitation time for such an injury usually is six to nine months, which means Rubio also likely will miss playing for Spain in the London Summer Olympics that begin in July.

The dazzling rookie, who helped lead the Timberwolves into playoff contention with a 21-20 record just a season after the team went 17-65, suffered the injury to in Minnesota's 105-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Rubio exited the game after his left knee appeared to buckle, and he now leaves the Timberwolves short a star player who helped make the team one of the most exciting to watch in the NBA.


Related: Ricky Rubio Injury Video Shows Knee Buckle During Loss To Lakers

Rubio ends his rookie season averaging 10.6 points on 35.7 % shooting along with 8.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals.

The Timberwolves will start life after Rubio tonight when they take on the New Orleans Hornets at the Target Center at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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Ricky Rubio Injury: Torn ACL Would Add To Grim History Of Hurt Timberwolves Rookies

There isn't anything concrete as of Saturday morning regarding the Ricky Rubio injury, but Minnesota Timberwolves fans have always been conditioned to fear the worst. It didn't help on Friday night, either, when reports indicated Rubio may have suffered a torn ACL.

Rubio is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday to get an official diagnosis on the injury, but the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda wrote on his blog that serious injury wouldn't be a surprise. Instead it would only add to a long list of issues that Wolves rookies have had over the past several year.

If it is something that serious, he'd join a list of Wolves' first-round draft picks since 2005 who all sustained significant injuries early in their careers: 2005 pick Rashad McCants (microfracture knee surgery), Randy Foye (kneecap stress fracture), Corey Brewer (torn ACL ), Kevin Love (broken hand) and now perhaps Rubio.


Related: Ricky Rubio Injury Video Shows Knee Buckle During Loss To Lakers

That's obviously the worst possible scenario, but it seems Wolves rookies are predestined for a serious injury. Hopefully Rubio can buck that trend.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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Ricky Rubio Injury: Torn ACL Feared For Minnesota Timberwolves Rookie

A torn ACL is one of the worst possible injuries for a basketball player to sustain considering that it's one of the few that can end a player's season no matter when it occurs. Unfortunately for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Ricky Rubio injury that occurred during Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers could end up being a torn ACL.

It's obviously pure speculation until an MRI --scheduled for sometime Saturday -- takes place, but the initial fears are that a torn ACL could have happened in the waning seconds of Friday night's loss. There aren't a lot of details to go on as of now, but Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the anterior cruciate ligament may be the problem.

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio will have an MRI on his left knee Saturday morning amid fears he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

"Possible ACL," the source briefed on Rubio's condition said. "We'll know more after the MRI. ... There's a lot of worry right now."


Related: Ricky Rubio Injury Video Shows Knee Buckle During Loss To Lakers

Let's wait for the MRI to take place before anyone writes off the rest of the rookie's season, but .... oof.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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Ricky Rubio Injury: MRI On Hurt Knee Is Scheduled For Saturday

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost on Friday night to the Los Angeles Lakers, but it wasn't a terrible one considering Kevin Love was held out due to a back injury. The worst part of the game, instead, came in the fourth quarter when a Ricky Rubio injury forced the Wolves point guard out of action with 16 seconds left to play.

There wasn't any sort of initial diagnosis of course, but the word that did come out onFriday night weren't especially promising.

And then, a bit later, the player himself posted that he's scheduled for an MRI on Saturday.

Hopefully everything turns out okay, but news like this is never fun to deal with -- especially with a player so promising.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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Ricky Rubio Injury Video Shows Knee Buckle During Loss To Lakers

The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a loss on Friday night to the Los Angeles Lakers while playing without an injured Kevin Love, but the news gets worse for Wolves. The Ricky Rubio injury that happened in the fourth quarter of the game could keep the team's star point guard out of action.

Rubio was attempting to close out and defend Kobe Bryant, but as he planted, his left knee buckled awkwardly and he fell backward onto the court. It wasn't a sight that Wolves fans are going to want to watch over and over again, to be sure.


Related: MRI For Ricky Rubio's Knee Injury Is Scheduled For Saturday

In case anyone was out on Friday night and somehow missed the Wolves game, however, our friend CJ Fogler posted a video of the injury over at Sports Grid. It doesn't look horrendous, but until a diagnosis becomes public, seeing him unable to comfortably walk on it after testing the knee isn't what anyone wanted to see.


Related: Ricky Rubio Injury: Torn ACL Feared For Minnesota Timberwolves Rookie

It seems as though the injury occurs before any contact between Rubio and Bryant occurs, but it's tough to be sure with the camera angles FSN provided. Hopefully he's better on Saturday and this portion of Timberwolves history is put behind everyone.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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