Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has confirmed that he will not make his return from injury in time for Thursday’s Eastern Conference clash with Oklahoma City.
The 23-year-old has missed all 23 games so far this season due to the broken knee cap he sustained during the 2015 NBA finals, although reports had suggested that he was edging towards a return to action.
The Australia-born player travelled with the rest of the Cavs squad for the recent matches against Orlando and Boston, which heightened speculation of an imminent return, but the player himself has now confirmed on Twitter that he will not be returning to action against the Thunder.
He tweeted: “Sorry to dwindle the news, but I won’t be returning tmrw. It was wrongfully reported. When I do come back you’ll hear it directly from me.”
The 2015 Eastern Conference champions are currently top of this season’s standings after recording 16 wins in their opening 23 matches and will be hoping to record their fourth straight victory when they play host to the Oklahoma outfit.
The match against Billy Donovan’s side will also kickstart a run of three straight home games for the Cavaliers, as they will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday before they host the New York Knicks on December 23.
The Cavs are the 1.61 favourites to win later while the Thunder are on offer at 2.30.