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Ricky Rubio injury: Point guard closing in on return for Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio continues practicing with the Timberwolves but the team continues to express uncertainty about his return to game action.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Timberwolves targeted their game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday for point guard Ricky Rubio's return from a major knee injury that has kept the budding star out of action so far this season.

According to reports, Rubio's status for the Denver game remains uncertain as the Timberwolves continue to take a cautious approach with everything related to the point guard's rehab and return to the court.

Following practice on Tuesday, coach Rick Adelman claimed he didn't know when to expect Rubio to play next while several players indicated Rubio appears to be ready based on his effort during the team's workouts. Kevin Love avoided any definitive statement on Rubio's return though, as it appears the team is creating a little suspense for the big return.

"He's looked good in practice," he said. "We'll just have to wait and see (if Rubio plays Wednesday). But I'm sure it is going to be pretty soon here."

Rubio played in 41 games during his rookie campaign before suffering a major left knee injury that abruptly ended his season. Before the injury, Rubio averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 assists per game. With the recent return of Love, the Timberwolves could use another boost with Rubio coming back, after maintaining a .500 record at 9-9 to start the season.

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