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How long is Pascal Siakam absent?  Injury timeline, return date, latest Raptors updates onward

When the Raptors usher in a new era of basketball, they’ll do so with their franchisor on the sidelines.

After undergoing off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum on his left shoulder in June, former All-Star Pascal Siakam will not be available to start the Raptors season.

Siakam injured his shoulder on May 8 which caused him to miss the last four games of the season due to what was initially called shoulder strain. On June 11, the Raptors took to Twitter to announce that Siakam had undergone successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, adding that “the expected recovery and rehabilitation time for this procedure is approximately five months”.

As opening night falls a few weeks away from the five-month mark, how close is Siakam to the comeback?

Here’s everything you need to know about its status.

How long will Pascal Siakam be away?

The initial schedule of a five-month recovery would mean Siakam could return around November 11 at the earliest, but that doesn’t take into account outside factors like conditioning and training time.

After opening the season on October 20, the Raptors will play 12 games before November 11.

Since other factors might be in play, a better date to work is Thanksgiving in the United States, which falls on Thursday, November 25. According to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange, that date is a rough target for Siakam’s return, which would add two weeks to the original five-month deadline.

The Raptors play 19 games before November 25 and their first game after that date will be Friday November 26 at the Pacers.

Chronology of Pascal Siakam’s injuries

May 8, 2021: Siakam, who had faced lingering problems, suffered a shoulder injury against the Grizzlies and did not return to play after 30 minutes of action.

The injury effectively closed Siakam for the season as he missed the team’s last four games.

June 11, 2021: The Raptors have announced that Siakam is one week away from undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, resulting in about five months of rehabilitation and recovery.

September 27, 2021: On media day, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said that while Siakam has not yet been cleared for contact drills, he has been impressive with his performance in 1-on-0 practice. at the Toronto training center.

Siakam told reporters he was feeling fine after initially hesitating about having the operation, ultimately deciding to do so for the longevity of his career.

October 12, 2021: During an appearance on Sirius XM NBA Radio, head coach Nick Nurse said Siakam was set to start contact work soon and could be weeks away from a return to action.

20 October 2021: Appearing on The FAN Morning Show, Webster said Siakam has started training, but suggested he has a few more weeks to go before he returns to action.



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