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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is reportedly expected to miss between six and eight weeks of action as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Howard had a bone marrow aspirate injection in his right knee last week and the Rockets initially didn’t have a timetable for his recovery and listed him as out indefinitely.
However, it appears as though that they have a better idea of the period of time for which their star big man will be sidelined, and it is expected that he will be out for at least six weeks.
“Dwight Howard says he expects to be out 6-8 weeks. Dr. Walt Lowe says that’s a reasonable estimate but he could be back before,” Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reported.
In contrast, Lowe also suggested that his return could be as soon as four weeks from now and called the timetable “very fluid at this point”.
The 29-year-old spoke about his injury and insisted that he was focused on the most important thing which was to recover and get in game shape for the playoffs. He added that he had been playing through pain for most of the year and has been forced to miss several games already.
Howard hasn’t played since January 23 and while he was initially diagnosed with a sprained ankle, the Rockets later announced that doctors had found a build up of fluid in his right knee.
It doesn’t appear as though his absence has had such a negative effect on the Rockets though given that they have gone 5-1 without him and sit third in the Western Conference.
However, while they are still without doubt a solid team with Howard out of the line-up, they will be fully aware that he can make a significant difference in turning them into a great team capable of winning a championship.