As reported by Charles F. Gardner of The Journal Sentinel, Sanders is getting closer to return but is not practicing with the team yet. He worked with strength and conditioning coach Robert Hackett on Thursday and has been working out twice every day.
Sanders underwent surgery on November 11 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb that he sustained in a fight at a Milwaukee night club on November 3. A return for Sanders around Christmas is not out of the question. Two possible dates for his return are December 27 against the Nets and December 28 against the Timberwolves.
Coach Larry Drew feels that Sanders is on the brink of returning.
"From the things he's been doing out here, I would think he's pretty close. We could use him. With only three big bodies, I can use him."The Bucks have been hammered with injuries to their front line, leaving only Ekpe Udoh, Miroslav Radjuljica and John Henson. Illyosova played on Wednesday but has been shut down for a couple of games due to an ankle injury.
Sanders is in his 4th season out of Virginia Commonwealth. Last season he started 55 games and averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game. In three games this season, Sanders is shooting only 25 percent and averaging 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game.