Rose isn’t prepared to return until he’s at ‘110 per cent’.
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has refused to give himself a target date to return from the ACL injury he suffered last season.
Rose tore the ACL in his left knee during the first game of the first-round play-off against the Philadelphia 76ers, a series the Bulls went on to lose.
Since suffering the blow, Rose has kept his fans updated through a TV campaign which has followed his rehabilitation, showing the hard work he is putting in to come back.
However, despite returning to join his team-mates in pre-match warm-ups, Rose has ruled out a return to action any time soon.
“I don’t have a set date. I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks, it could be next year.
“It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready. Right now, I’m probably in the high 80s. Far away, far away,” he told USA Today.
Coach Tom Thibodeau echoed the words of his star point guard, stating that Rose will return when he is ready, and there is no pressure on the player.
Thibodeau also calmed fears over whether Rose will return the same player, claiming he has watched him every day and he is progressing well.
The Bulls are 30-21 for the season without Rose, and look to be in a solid position to claim a play-off spot.
Thibodeau will hope to continue this form and seal a spot in the top eight of the Eastern Conference, giving Rose the opportunity to continue his rehab work and possibly return for the post-season.