Derrick Rose and injury have gone hand in hand over the past few seasons, and the Chicago Bulls star kept up his run of back luck when he suffered an orbital fracture during practice on September 30th.
After undergoing surgery to repair the damage on October 2nd, the perennial All-Star was expected to return to practicing with his teammates within two weeks.
But, while Rose is still expected to link up with the rest of the Bulls roster next week, it looks like his return to active participation may be delayed.
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According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Rose may be held out from team activity for longer than the original 14-day deadline.
With tip-off for the 2015-16 NBA season now just 19 days away, Chicago fans will have been hoping to have their talismanic point guard back on the hardwood and working hard at the practice facility in time to play a part in their opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Whilst that remains a possibility, it looks like new head coach Fred Hoiberg is taking an ultra-cautious approach after what sounds like a painful injury.
Of course, with 82 games to play in a gruelling season, and considering Rose's history with injury, keeping him out of harms way until he is completely healed is the sensible option at this point.
Whenever the former NBA MVP does return to action, he will have to play with a fitted mask for protection.
Bulls fans: Can Rose stay healthy this season, how many games will he play? Have your say in the comments below...