What Injury is Milwaukee Bucks’ Talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo Suffering From? When Will He Return?

Published 05/01/2021, 11:47 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee Bucks’ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is easily one of the top players in the NBA right now. The two-time reigning MVP of the league is having a fantastic season and has been pivotal in leading the Bucks to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

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But unlike the past two seasons, the ‘Greek Freak’ has looked vulnerable this season, suffering multiple injuries. He initially suffered from a back injury in January and missed three games.

Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

At the start of April, Giannis suffered from a knee injury and missed six games. The 26-year-old had only played seven games after making his return from the knee injury, and it finally looked like he was getting back in form.

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The latest injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo and possible recovery time

The ‘Greek Freak’ recently played against the Houston Rockets. In the very first minute of the game, Giannis had the ball and was going towards the basket. While driving towards the Rockets’ restricted area, Antetokounmpo stepped on Kelly Olynyk’s foot and rolled his ankle.

Understandably, he was in a lot of pain and left the game immediately. With their talisman gone, the Bucks looked absolutely helpless and ultimately lost the game 143-136 to the Rockets.

This injury surely would have been surely scared a lot of people in the Bucks organisation. While it looked incredibly painful, the injury Giannis endured is a rather common ankle sprain.

Though ankle sprains might be common, the injury varies in its recovery. Depending on the severity of the sprain, the recovery time might vary from a couple of weeks to even some months.

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Till now, the organisation hasn’t released a single statement about Giannis’ sprain’s severity. Whatever the case may be, the organisation might be very careful in dealing with Antetokounmpo’s injury.

Feb 16, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball away from Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

With the playoffs only a few weeks away, the Bucks will look to have a fully fit squad. They also have enough quality players like Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton who can star for the team in Antetokounmpo’s absence.

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The Bucks might not be the favorites for the title, but the fitness of their big three is of utmost importance. Will the ‘Greek Freak‘ be back to full health?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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