Indiana Pacers star Paul George will reportedly make his comeback from a broken leg within the next week, according to multiple ESPN sources.
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It is reported that the team is considering bringing him back as early as Saturday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets, although no final decision has been reached yet.
Given that Indiana play four games in the next seven days, it is likely that George will feature in one of them, although they are also likely to be cautious with him and try to avoid any unnecessary risks of setbacks.
George has been through a lengthy and tough rehabilitation process after suffering a broken leg in a freak collision with the basketball stanchion prior to the FIBA World Cup last summer.
He has yet to feature in the NBA this season, and he had suggested last week that he would have to think about whether or not to return given that the Pacers have been in good form recently.
However, it is clear that the team would benefit from his presence on the court, and the Pacers are waiting to unleash him on opponents down the stretch of the regular season.
Indiana are currently on a three-game losing streak which has seen them fall to a tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.
In addition, they will welcome back George given their upcoming schedule which pits them against seven teams currently in playoff position in the next eight games.
It remains to be seen whether or not the 24-year-old is able to return as soon as this weekend, but the general feeling within the Pacers camp is that he isn’t far off of a comeback.