Joakim Noah Plans Return To France, Will Play In EuroBasket

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will return to France and play in Eurobasket. His ankle injury had French doctors concerned enough to send him home.

Joakim Noah’s ankle is fine – it was a very minor injury. He’ll rest in Chicago and will definitely be ready for #EuroBasket2011.

France had sent a "representative" to watch over Noah's rehab in Chicago. It appears that his ankle troubles are nothing to be overly concerned about, and the French will still be able to use him. He had already sprained the ankle by late in the NBA season, but that didn't prevent him from playing in regular-season games or in the NBA Playoffs.

France will likely start Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Mickael Pietrus alongside Noah, so the French should be a force to be reckoned with. Noah is a dual citizen of France and the United States.

EuroBasket begins at the end of August. The top two teams will win automatic berths to the 2012 Olympics. 

For more on Eurobasket, stay tuned to this storystream.

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