The Utah Jazz have been without stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert for extended periods of time due to injuries. Mitchell has been sidelined in the league’s concussion protocols while Gobert has been dealing with a calf injury. On Thursday, the Jazz received exciting injury updates on Mitchell and Gobert, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN's @espn_macmahon reports that All-NBA center Rudy Gobert (calf) is hopeful to return early next week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2022
These are excellent injury updates on Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Per Wojnarowski, Mitchell, who has missed the last eight games, is expected to make his long-awaited return to the lineup on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.
The star guard missed an unusually long amount of time with a head injury but has apparently done enough to clear the protocols after a miscommunication between team personnel.
Meanwhile, Gobert, who hasn’t played since January 23, is “hopeful” to return sometime next week. The French big man’s injury wasn’t believed to be serious, although it’s good news to get official confirmation of that sentiment with this optimistic timeline.
Having Mitchell and Gobert back in action by next week would be great news for a Jazz team that has gone 3-7 in their last 10 games.
For all their recent struggles, the Jazz are still positioned as the Western Conference’s fourth seed. With Mitchell and Gobert’s returns on the horizon, Utah is poised to make a push ahead of the NBA’s All-Star break.