Danny Granger is hopeful of making his long-awaited return from injury for the Indiana Pacers this coming Friday.

The small forward has missed the entirety of this season so far with a calf injury, and only managed five games last season after suffering from a knee problem, but, according to ESPN, he is eyeing a return against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"There's a very good chance, hopefully on Friday," Granger said. "I'm conditioning my legs, getting my wind. The knee is not an issue at all. The calf is pretty good now."

All has not been lost for the Pacers without Granger, on the back of reaching the conference finals last year they have started the season with an NBA-best 18-3. And he knows it will be tough to get back into the team at first.

"Our starting lineup is doing well right now," he said. "I'll have to get back into shape first. The advantage I bring is I've been through it for many years.

"I've had the lead role and scored a lot of points. The playoff experience and the situation we'll be in later down the line, the experience I bring will be invaluable."

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