Big boost for surging Jazz with return of Rudy Gobert from 11-game absence due to leg injury
Rudy Gobert will be back to patrol the paint for the Jazz after missing the last 11 games due to a leg injury. AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert is available to play for the Utah Jazz against the Washington Wizards on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) after missing the last 11 games with a bruised bone in his lower right leg.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the center will be on a minutes restriction but declined to detail the exact number, saying “they’re not hard and fast.”

Gobert went down late in the third quarter on Nov. 10 (Nov. 11, Manila time) when Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters fell into his legs. He was expected to be out a month but has rehabbed ahead of schedule.

The 7-foot-1 Frenchman is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Jazz went 7-4 in his absence, including a current five-game winning streak. Derrick Favors started at center with Gobert out. 

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