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Rockets’ Christian Wood reveals injury status amid DeMarcus Cousins’ looming exit

Rockets, Christian Wood, DeMarcus Cousins

Christian Wood has been out of action for the Houston Rockets for a couple of weeks now due to an ankle sprain. The 25-year-old himself provided a timely update on his injury status, which comes right in the midst of news surrounding DeMarcus Cousins and his looming departure from Houston.

In a recent interview, Wood shed some light on his current injury:

“I’m doing great. The rehab process has been going extremely well,” Wood said, via Ben DuBose of USA TODAY SPORTS. I’ve been attacking it. Everything is looking good. I’ve been doing more training stuff, a little bit of on-the-court stuff. Not trying to put too much on it [the ankle].”

The most significant development here is that once Wood’s test results came back, it was revealed that the Rockets center did not, in fact, suffer a broken ankle:

“I thought it was broke, at the time, just because of how high the swelling was, and the way it was looking,” Wood said. “They thought it was broke. But it turns out it wasn’t, and there was no structural damage. So, we’re good.”

Wood also provided an update on his timetable:

“If I had it my way, I would tell you I could play the next game,” he added. “But I don’t think my coaches or teammates would allow that. I don’t think they would even let me on the court. But I’m thirsty and happy to try and get back. I want to come back before All-Star break. If I had to give you a percentage of where my ankle is, I’d probably tell you 80 percent.”

It does not sound like Wood will be returning to action soon, but it does seem like the Rockets big man getting close. It is likely that Wood’s recovery played a significant role in Houston’s decision to part ways with Cousins. The four-time All-Star has been playing relatively well deputizing for Wood, but as it turns out, he has now outstayed his welcome in H-Town.