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NBA star determined to play through the pain barrier

INJURED WRIST: Luol Deng

LUOL DENG'S injury has been confirmed as a torn ligament in his left wrist and early reports suggest that he faces a significant time on the sidelines. However, the Chicago Bulls star has revealed that he is confident he can overcome the problem and wants to play through the pain.

The 26-year-old, who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds for the league-leaders, is keen to return for the NBA side as soon as possible and will delay surgery, instead opting for rest and rehab: “I know it's a bad injury, and it sounds terrible, but I'll be fine,"

He added: "I really feel like we have a very good chance of doing something special. And I feel like without the surgery I'll be fine. I just know what I can do with it and what I can't do. And I really think I'm going to be very effective out there. There's going to be days when it's sore."

On his official Twitter page, Deng also added: “Thank you all for your concern. I'm doing well, taking it day by day. I look forward to getting back as soon as I can.#Alwayspositive. ”

His determination to play on could affect whether he is fit for the London 2012 Olympics but the small forward dismissed the speculation and instead said that the doctors who treated him when he sustained a similar injury in his right wright at the end of the 2004-2005 NBA season had given him an optimistic diagnosis: “It could always be worse. Injuries happen.

"And this happened in the fourth quarter of a game. But it is what is. I'm very confident that I'll be fine. It's sore, but the soreness is going down a lot in two days. So every day I'll keep treating it and see if I can get rid of the soreness and just try to be back there as soon as possible."

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