Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Knee and Return

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Miami Heat star shooting guard Dwyane Wade was nursing a sore knee and had been out since Feb. 19. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.

Wade Active vs. Pacers

Monday, Feb. 22

Wade will be available to play on Monday against Indiana, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

Wade Comments on Injury

Friday, Feb. 19

"It's just soreness in the back of my left knee that I haven't felt in a while," Wade told reporters. "We'll get back tomorrow, get a MRI and check it out. I feel OK. It happened in practice and I just feel a little uncomfortable."

"I'm going to sit out a lot of practices," Wade said, per Winderman. "That's the advantage I have of being here 13 years. Going through practice [Wednesday], behind my knee got a little sore. So just being more precautious, trying not to make it flare up even more." 

Miami Wise to Take Cautious Approach with Wade

Wade, 34, is not the same player he was in his prime but is still the heart and soul of the Heat franchise. He is averaging 18.7 points, four rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season.

Considering Miami is currently dealing with Chris Bosh's issues with blood clots, it made sense for the Heat to take it easy on their star and let him rest up and get back to full health as the race to the postseason heats up.