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Derrick Rose will be 100 per cent for season opener

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Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose says he'll be 100 per cent for the season opener in October.

The 2011 MVP was medically cleared to play in February after recovering from a ACL injury sustained against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 playoffs.

He sat out the end of last season to complete his recovery, and is now expected to be fit for the start of the next campaign.

Reports claim the Bulls point guard confirmed he will play the first game of the season at an Adidas event in Madrid.

Rose became the youngest ever NBA MVP when he won the award in 2011. The former-Memphis stand-out - the number one overall pick from the 2008 draft - guided the Bulls to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference before injury struck.

In his absence the Miami Heat have dominated the East, but the return of Rose could see the Bulls challenge the NBA champions next season.

The Chicago franchise reached the second round of the playoffs without Rose last season, before eventually falling to the Heat.

With Joakim Noah, Nate Robinson, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer, the Bulls have the nucleus of a strong roster.

Add Rose to the mix next term, and they could battle for a top seed in the East again.

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