Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo believes he is not far away from making a return to NBA action.
The 27-year-old point guard is yet to make an appearance for the Boston Celtics this season as he tore his ACL at the back end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Rondo could spend some time with the Celtics' D-League partner Maine Red Claws - in order for the American to improve on his fitness.
The Celtics star, speaking to Slam Online before his side's 94-82 defeat to the New York Red Bulls on Thursday night, said on his hopes of making a comeback in the near future:
“I will have an impact on the game, but not like I used to have when I first come back."
Rondo admitted he needs to work his way back into action slowly otherwise he could suffer an injury relapse.
He added: “Yeah, like a 12-minute quarter — straight, you know, see what I can do. But I don’t want to go out there and get fatigued and cause another injury.
"I want to make sure I’m ready to go and I’m in shape. I’m still getting my endurance, but other than that I’m getting pretty close.”
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will be hoping Rondo can give his Eastern Conference franchise a boost, as the Atlantic side are currently just outside of the play-offs.