Bulls will be without Gibson for two weeks according to reports.
According to ESPN, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson will be ruled out of action for two weeks after sustaining a knee injury.
Gibson suffered the knock during Chicago’s loss to Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, and following an MRI scan league sources are suggesting he could miss the next fortnight.
The latest injury news is a blow to the Bulls, who have consistently struggled with absentees all season.
While mystery still surrounds a possible return for Derrick Rose, the Bulls have also been without Kirk Hinrich on a consistent basis over the last few weeks due to an on-going elbow injury.
Add to that Joakim Noah’s foot, Luol Deng’s wrist and Carlos Boozer’s thigh injuries respectively, and coach Tom Thibodeau will certainly be hoping for no more bad news in the immediate future.
The Bulls have steadily dropped down the Eastern Conference standings, but are still part of a group of teams scrapping for third spot in the East.
While Gibson has been far from irreplaceable, averaging 7.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 block a game, he has become a major defensive presence and his absence will inevitably place a heavier burden on his team-mates.
The Bulls take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, as they look to better their 32-24 record so far this season.