|Wizards' Gilbert Arenas, Etan Thomas move closer to returns|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 18 February 2008 15:07|
Arenas has said he hopes to return to the Wizards in the coming weeks. The team has not said when he can return to full-contact practice.
Another injured Wizards player, center Etan Thomas, was cleared to practice for the first time since he had open-heart surgery in October. No timetable has been set for him to play in a game.
After a routine preseason physical, Thomas was told surgery would be a good idea because of a leaky aortic valve. The biggest impediment to his return to practice had been concern over how much pounding he could take on his sternum, which was broken during the 4 1/2-hour operation.
Arenas, third in the NBA in scoring in 2006-07, injured his left knee late last season and needed surgery. He returned to action at the start of this season, but needed another operation in November.
The Wizards (25-27) return from the All-Star break Tuesday night at home against the New York Knicks.