Nene expected to make home debut; still no timetable for Wall’s return

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While Nene is expected to play in his second straight game and make his home season debut for the Wizards (0-10), who are still looking for their first victory, injuries of the long term and short term variety continue to hamper Washington.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman said there is no current timetable for John Wall’s return.  When the stress injury to his left patella tendon was announced on September 28, Wall’s timetable for a return was expected to be eight weeks, according to the team’s press release.

Eight weeks came Friday.

This was Wittman’s answer to a question regarding Wall’s status ahead of tonight’s game against Charlotte (6-5): “I don’t know where we’re at. If I could give you a time, I would. I have no idea. He has not practiced at all. Until that time comes, I don’t know what the timetable is going to be.”

The Wizards will also be without Trevor Booker, who will miss his second straight game with a strained right knee suffered late in last week’s loss to Milwaukee. Wittman said he doesn’t expect Booker to be out long-term, that his condition has improved every day.

As for Nene, the Wizards expect to hold him to a 20-minute limit again; he played 19:43 against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Wittman was also asked if he expected Nene to play consistently now that he has returned.

“I have no reason to believe otherwise right now so yeah.”

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