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Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell expected to return Sunday vs. San Antonio Spurs

The injury-riddled Toronto Raptors are beginning to heal.

It was earlier reported that star forward Pascal Siakam (groin) would return to practice on Friday, Jan. 10, and Norman Powell (shoulder) and Marc Gasol (hamstring) joined him on the court.

The Raptors' trio all suffered injuries in the same contest against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 18 and have not played since.

Head coach Nick Nurse told the media that they were all involved in "semi-live-action basketball," but Powell will be ready to return Sunday, Jan. 12 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Nurse stated that the Raptors will work Powell back slowly when he returns on Sunday and also mentioned that once everyone is back in the lineup, the starting unit is open for debate.

Toronto has used seven different starting lineups this season due to all the injuries and figuring out which unit to go with once everyone returns should be a challenging task for the Raptors head coach.

As for Siakam and Gasol, Nurse called it "ambitious" for them to return on Sunday, but didn't completely rule it out.

It appears the short-handed Raptors may be getting their depth and firepower back sooner rather than later.

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