Chicago Bulls ahead Lauri Markkanen has been upgraded to possible and will make his season debut in Saturday’s sport in opposition to the Houston Rockets.

Markkanen has been sidelined with an elbow sprain since September. Initially, he was scheduled to be out six to eight weeks. He has missed 23 video games.

He participated in his first full contact apply Tuesday. Afterward, he instructed reporters that he felt “nice” and had no residual soreness.

“I felt like I used to be in fairly fine condition,” Markkanen mentioned after Tuesday’s apply. “My shot felt nice.”

Lauri Markkanen has missed greater than 1 / 4 of the season due to a preseason elbow harm. EPA/Jason Szenes

The Finnish ahead participated in shootaround earlier than the Bulls’ 107-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night time.

“Lauri feels nice,” coach Fred Hoiberg mentioned Friday. “We’re getting there. We’re getting nearer and we’re nonetheless taking it day-to-day, however the vital factor now could be he is doing just a little extra every day with the contact. We had laborious apply yesterday, and he responded very effectively to it.”

Hoiberg had mentioned he anticipated Markkanen would take part in every week of apply earlier than taking part in in a sport.

Final season, Markkanen averaged 15.2 factors, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per sport in his rookie marketing campaign.

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