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Bulls' Noah Ready to Return
CHICAGO (AP) -- Sidelined for more than two months by a thumb injury, center Joakim Noah appears ready to return to the Chicago Bulls.

Coach Tom Thibodeau tells ESPNChicago.com that Noah will play at Toronto on Wednesday. In an article posted Monday, he says the big man ``is coming back'' and ``was cleared to go last week.''

Noah underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and has not played since a win at Toronto on Dec. 15.

He was off to his best start, averaging 14.0 points and 11.7 rebounds before being shut down by the injury.

With Noah and Carlos Boozer, the Bulls could have one of the league's best rebounding tandems. They've played only nine games together because Boozer missed 15 games because of an injured hand.

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