Ricky Rubio PG MIN 2 Days

Rubio (ankle) could return to game action next week, the Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood reports.

This rules Rubio out for Friday and Saturday, with Monday's game in Dallas representing the soonest he could return from his lengthy absence. Zach LaVine and Mo Williams (who is out Wednesday) will handle the point guard duties for at least the rest of the week.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 3 Days

Rubio (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Celtics.

While Rubio returned to live contact drills last week, he remains without a timetable and has not appeared particularly close to playing in any of Minnesota's recent games. Rubio's next opportunity will come Friday in Philadelphia.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 9 Days

Rubio (ankle) was dealing with more than a high ankle sprain, and actually had some ligament damage near his toes as well, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.

This explains why his absence has been so long, as he is still without a firm date to return. He participated in full-contact drills Tuesday for the first time since the injury, and his next chance to return will be Friday. Despite the fact that the T-Wolves are not contending, they will want to see how Rubio plays with Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng, as that will be an important part of determining whether to attempt to sign the young point guard to a free agent contract this summer.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 10 Days

Rubio (ankle) is officially out Wednesday for the Timberwolves' game against the Mavericks, the team's official Twitter account announced.

Rubio participated in full-contact drills Tuesday for the first time since his injury, but still isn't ready to go. His next chance to return is Friday against the Pelicans. When he does return, Rubio is a must-start. Although he's only played five games this season, prior to his injury, he was averaging 10 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 28.8 minutes per game.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 10 Days

Rubio (ankle) went through live contact drills for the first time Tuesday.

It's been a long road to recovery for Rubio, who has not played since Nov. 7. He began practicing last week and has been slowly ramping up his activity, as he hopes to return sometime in the near future. The team has not provided a target return date, but given the fact that he's able to go through full contact sessions, he should be considered day-to-day.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 15 Days

Rubio (ankle) is still dealing with soreness in his ankle and will not play on the team's current road trip, making the earliest return date to consider is next Wednesday against the Mavericks, the Star Tribune reports.

Rubio's injury was described by Saunders as being "almost like a little bone bruise". Bone bruises take a long time to heal, but Rubio has already been out since Nov. 7 with the injury, and his timetable pointed toward a possible mid-January return. He returned to limited practice Monday, and there haven't been any setbacks reported, implying that Rubio is nearing a return. Keep him on your bench in weekly lineups until there's a firm date set for his return.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 19 Days

Rubio (ankle) was a partial participant in Monday's practice, Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Rubuio has long been expected to be back on the court in mid-January, and his presence at practice Monday suggests he's nearing a return. The point guard, who has not played since Nov. 7, should be considered day-to-day at this point, but he'll likely require at least one full-speed practice before returning to game action. Though Rubio has struggled offensively again this season, he remains an excellent buy-low candidate, given the fact that he averaged 10.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game prior to the injury.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 1 Month

Rubio is expected to return to the Timberwolves by mid-January, Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports.

The article says Rubio's key troubles are starting, stopping, and changing direction while running, so he probably still needs some time to recover even though he's practicing with the team. His return would push Zach LaVine out of the starting point guard spot, but it could take a while before he starts registering the minutes of his old starting spot.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 1 Month

Rubio (ankle) participated in a 5-on-0 shootaround Friday.

Rubio doesn't have a firm timetable for return, although it's looking like he'll be available at some point in January. When he makes his eventual comeback, coach Flip Saunders will likely ease him back into the rotation by restricting his minutes until he can handle a full workload without the risk of further injury.

Ricky Rubio PG MIN 1 Month

Rubio's injured ankle has improved faster than expected in recent days and he could begin to practice by Christmas, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Rubio has started to run and shoot on his own and is traveling with the team on its current road trip. It sounds like he could return in early January if his recovery continues to move faster than expected.