It's been over a month since the Minnesota Timberwolves last saw Karl-Anthony Towns on the court. The All-Star big man suffered a calf injury against the Washington Wizards on Nov. 28, forcing him to exit the game early.
Towns was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but it's already been longer than that and Towns himself revealed that 4-6 weeks was never a realistic timeline, leaving many to wonder when he'll be able to suit up again.
Latest Karl-Anthony Towns Injury Update
Unfortunately for Timberwolves fans, Towns doesn't appear to be particularly close to returning.
There haven't been many updates about Towns' injury lately, although he did open up about it last week, explaining why he's been sidelined for so long and calling his recovery "a long process."
With no clear timetable for his return, it's unclear how much more time Towns will miss. He's already missed 24 of Minnesota's 45 games, which is a big reason why the Wolves enter play on Wednesday with a losing record (22-23).
At this point, the most optimistic projections might have Towns coming back during the next few weeks. The NBA All-Star Game is still a month away, so ideally he'll be able to return to the court before then.
Update: January 23
According to a recent story from the Minnesota Star Tribune, KAT remains without a timeline to return.
Towns revealed that he suffered a Grade 3 calf strain, which can command a recovery time of over two months, contradicting the team's initial reports that it would be a four-to-six injury (as may have been the case with a Grade 2 strain).
In the meantime, the Timberwolves will try to stay afloat without their best player, but they're heavy +6500 underdogs to win the West (fifth-worst in the conference) in FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.
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