Cleveland Cavaliers fans haven't seen Kyrie Irving on the court since Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals and, according to one report today, they may have some time to wait until the multi-time All-Star is back on the hardwood.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Irving, after undergoing surgery on a fractured left knee cap back in June, could yet be out of action until January 2016.
The initial timeline for Irving's recovery was set at around three-to-four months but it appears that the Ohio franchise are looking to be extra cautious when it comes to bringing the point gaurd back into the rotation.
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Indeed, with the same sources who suggest a January comeback may be likely revealing that Kyrie Irving's rehabilitation is going "smoothly", the emphasis certainly appears to be slow and steady as the Cavs look to ensure their star's long-term health.
Nevertheless, the news is a big blow for Cavaliers fans who had been hoping for better luck on the injury front in the upcoming season. It was injury to a number of key players towards the business end of the last campaign that ultimately blighted their chances at the NBA title.
Considering Kyrie Irving's fairly lengthy history with injury in his short NBA career to date however their cautious policy may be the best way to go.
As well as the current kneecap issue, the 23-year-old can point to ligament damage in his toe, an index finger issue, and persistent knee trouble on his injury résumé.
Of course, should the Cleveland Cavaliers start the 2015-16 NBA season as slowly as they did the 2014-15 campaign, the franchise's willingness to play the long game when it comes to Kyrie Irving may be tested.
Cavs fans: Can your team cope without Kyrie Irving until January, and are you concerned with his injury history? Have your say in the comments below...