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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has insisted that he is not worried about possibly re-injuring his foot although he was anxious in his return.
The reigning league MVP underwent surgery on his right foot before the season started after the team identified that he had a stress fracture.
After missing the opening two months of the season, Durant has returned to action along with point guard Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to close the gap on their playoff rivals and break into the top eight.
“Nah, not at all,” Durant said of any concern. “First two games I did, but I just realized if I’m out there playing, everything is all right. I’m still going to be aggressive like that going to the rim. I can live with whatever happens after that.”
Durant has played four games after sitting six weeks with the Jones fracture, and after a scary looking play against the Milwaukee Bucks in which he landed heavily on his foot, he insists that he will continue to be aggressive.
“I’m one of those guys that’s going to play how I play if I’m out on the court,” he said. “If I try to hold back and worry about what may happen, that’s when I don’t bring the edge I usually play with. Whatever happens, happens.”
Nevertheless, he will remain on a 30-minute restriction on Thursday night as he crosses paths with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, although it is expected that the restriction will be lifted by next week as he continues to improve.
It is understood that the rate of re-injury is extremely low for the type of injury that Durant suffered, but he will likely continue to be cautious for a while as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.