Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has been out of action since an injury ruled him out of the All-Star game and three-point contest. There had been suggestions the former Toronto Raptors man was dealing with a similar problem to his blood clots of 12 months ago.
However, the two-time NBA champion has released a statement insisting he is not battling with blood clots or deep vein thrombosis and hopes to make a return to the hardwood before the end of the season.
The 31-year-old's statement said: "I know there have been many questions regarding my health and when I will play again. My situation this year has never been life threatening. I am feeling great and currently I do not have deep vein thrombosis.
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"[I have been] taking every necessary step to make sure I am healthy for myself, my family and my team. I have been working out, training with the team, watching film of the games, walking through plays, and have attended home games despite not being visible to the public.
"I will continue to support my teammates in every way possible. I remain positive that I will be able to return this season. I truly appreciate everyone's concern and support."
The original diagnosis for his issue that has seen him miss 11 consecutive game was a calf strain. With Miami looking likely to secure homecourt advantage in the early stages of the playoffs, they will be hoping to have one half of their experienced duo back.
Although, in those games without the 11-time All-Star the Heat have won eight. They added Joe Johnson to cover for the loss of Bosh and have shifted Luol Deng to the small power position.
Johnson looks to be an inspired move by the Eastern Conference franchise but Dwyane Wade insists they are not trying to replace their injured teammate: "You can't replace Chris, and we're not trying to replace Chris."
Bosh brings invaluable experience when it comes to the crunch time. He played an integral part in the Heat's two ring-winning seasons during the big three era and averages 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds during the playoffs.
Before his untimely injury, the three-time Shooting Stars champion was the Heat's most productive player as he was piling on 19.1 points and 7.4 assists per 33.5 minutes of action.
The statement set no timeframe on when he could return to the hardwood, however, Erik Spoelstra and his team will certainly be hoping it is sooner rather than later.
As for the franchise, their next game comes as against Conference rivals the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in the early hours of Saturday morning. They are a game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and currently hold a record of 37-27 as they sit fourth.