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With Indiana Pacers fans patiently waiting for his return, Tyrese Haliburton dropped a chunky update about his elbow and knee injury.

In an appearance on the Old Man and The Three podcast of J.J. Reddick, Haliburton noted that he is on an optimistic course of his recovery and targeting a return at the start of February.

“Starting to get stronger every day, feeling better every day,” Haliburton said (h/t Tony East of Sports Illustrated). “Got my second opinion, so things are going well. Hopefully in the next 11, 12 days, I feel better and can get back to start February. That’s the goal.”

Haliburton has been absent on the Pacers lineup since Jan. 11. Since then, the Pacers slide down toward a losing slump and are now in a five-game losing skid.

This year, Haliburton is averaging 20.2 points, 4.0 boards, and leading the league with 10.2 assists in 40 games played. He solidified his strong case as a potential first-time All-Star this 2022-23.

With him providing a positive update, Indiana fans may finally develop that needed promising belief as they are vying for a postseason seat with a 23-24 record.