Chicago Bulls and Great Britain forward Luol Deng has been sidelined indefinitely with a torn ligament in his left wrist.
According to coach Tom Thibodeau, he will be “out for a while”, which comes as a huge blow for the 16-3 Bulls, who have just recently welcomed Derrick Rose back into the squad.
At this time, no surgery is planned, but it is an option.
“I know it’s a bad injury, and it sounds terrible, but I’ll be fine,” Deng told ESPN Chicago.
“I really feel like we have a very good chance of doing something special. And I feel like without the surgery I’ll be fine. I just know what I can do with it and what I can’t do. And I really think I’m going to be effective out there. There’s going to be days when it’s sore,” the Great Britain international explained.
Deng injured his left wrist (non-shooting hand) in Saturday’s win over Charlotte.
“It could always be worse. Injuries happen,” Deng said.” And this happened in the fourth quarter of a game. But it is what is.”
While this is a blow for Chicago, the chances of Deng representing Great Britain at the London Olympics in late-July should still be strong. The Games are almost exactly seven months away. With Chicago classing the forward as “week-to-week”.