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Thomas would like to return

In an interview on John Thompson's radio show today, center Etan Thomas said he would like to return this season. Thomas underwent heart surgery on Oct. 11 but was recently cleared by doctors for non-contact work. The team has not set a timetable for his possible return and he hasn't been cleared to practice.

As I've reported previously, the team has been prepared to play without Thomas for the remainder of the season but he clearly would like to return if and when doctors clear him to do so.

A couple of direct quotes from the interview: "Hopefully I can join my team soon and be able to go through non-contact and then after a little while, go through contact. It just depends on the doctors. I'm a little bit more anxious than they are I guess. They're being a little bit more cautious and that's understandable but I'm ready. I feel ready."

Thomas said the heart itself is fine. The main issue is how his sternum will hold up to the kind of physical contact associated with playing basketball.

"Right now, they (the Wizards) are listening to the doctors and listening to the specialists and see what they say. Everything is fine with my heart. My body has reacted great to surgery. Now they are waiting to do a few more tests to make sure I can take contact to the sternum...I anticipate being cleared to return here shortly."

The team has not said what kind of process will be involved in clearing Thomas to return so right now, it's hard to set any kind of timetable. We may learn more on Monday when Etan is scheduled to speak with reporters before the game against Dallas.

By Ivan Carter  |  January 18, 2008; 6:59 PM ET
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