Troublesome knee injury could rule Wade out for rest of regular season.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade hasn’t ruled out sitting out the rest of the regular season, as he bids to recover from a troublesome knee injury.
Wade has missed six of the last eight games for the Heat, and is dealing with swelling and soreness in his right knee which he has aggravated twice since suffering the initial strain almost a month ago.
With the top seed in the Eastern Conference already guaranteed, it is unlikely Coach Erik Spoelstra will risk the 31-year-old but he will want him in good shape ahead of the play-offs.
“The most important thing is to be healthy,” Wade told reporters as per ESPN.
“So when I feel it, then I’ll get back on the court. Obviously, I want to play. But I have to make sure that I’m right. You have to get healthy,” he added.
Miami have suffered a spate of injuries recently, with LeBron James and Chris Bosh both suffering strains and knocks over the past fortnight and missing games as a result.
While James returned to the court on Saturday to score 27 points in the blow-out win over the Philadelphia 76ers, there are bigger concerns over Bosh and Wade.
The latter has averaged 21.3 points, five rebounds and five assists in 66 games this season, and will undoubtedly be a valuable part of the Heat roster in their bid to secure back-to-back NBA championships.
Miami have six games left of their regular season campaign, and Wade noted that he has pencilled in a possible return this week. As important as it is he gains some playing time ahead of the post season, the Heat will be hopeful his knee holds up.