Anthony Davis close to returning after practicing Monday

Anthony Davis - photo by Bill Haber | AP
Anthony Davis – photo by Bill Haber | AP

Though  rookie forward  has been cleared for contact work and practiced Monday at the New Orleans Arena, Hornets Coach Monty Williams is not sure if Davis will make his much anticipated return from a left ankle injury Tuesday night against the Wizards.

Regardless if he plays Tuesday, Davis’ return likely will come sometime this week with Davis ramping up his conditioning work to prepare, according to Williams.

But Williams said he wasn’t sure Monday if Davis had met the final clearance that involves testing the strength level in his ankle. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, missed 11 consecutive games because of a stress reaction in his left ankle.

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