Danilo Gallinari injury: Nuggets forward could return in December

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Danilo Gallinari says his ACL was not torn, which could lead to an earlier-than-expected return.

Danilo Gallinari could be back on the court for the Denver Nuggets by December, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Earlier indications were that the Italian would be out until February as he recovered from a torn ACL, but on Friday Gallinari said in a Facebook video that his ACL wasn't torn, which will likely push forward his return.

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In the video, Gallinari said that his recovery time will be "completely different." Gallinari didn't specify exactly what the new timeline for his recovery would be, instead saying, "I'll inform you later about that," but a changed timeline would be consistent with the league source who told the Post that the wingman could return in December.

Gallinari was injured on April 4 with what was initially diagnosed as a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his left knee. The normal recovery time for a torn ACL is around nine months; Gallinari had surgery to repair the meniscus in late April and underwent a procedure this week that had been intended to repair the ACL.

Before injuring his knee, Gallinari helped the Nuggets to third place in the Western Conference, averaging 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Without him, Denver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors.

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