Tony Parker today delivered the news all San Antonio Spurs had been hoping for in the run up to their NBA Final series against the Miami Heat.
Speaking to a French radio station, the veteran point guard revealed that he has recovered enough to be fit to start Game One of the season-ending series:
"Today I spend my days in treatment," said Parker via RMC Sport.
"But the good news is that I will play the first game of the Finals on Thursday against the Heat. I may not be 100% but I'll be there," he continued.
Parker irritated an ankle injury during Game Six of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the weekend, failing to return for the final two quarters in the crucial game with the pain too much to handle.
His prospects of returning in time to help the San Antonio Spurs try and avenge their 2013 Finals defeat to the Heat have since been cause for major debate, with Gregg Popovich's team a much more threatening prospect with Parker's talent on the hardwood.
Tuesday's news then is a major boost for the Spurs while LeBron, Wade and co are now facing a much tougher task as they head to San Antonio this Thursday.