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Al Horford's future for the Celtics season opener is still unknown, but Jaylen Brown should be able to return soon

Al Horford's future for the Celtics season opener is still unknown, but Jaylen Brown should be able to return soon

After testing positive for COVID-19, Celtics coach Ime Udoka said on Wednesday that its unclear whether Al Horford will be able to return in time for next Wednesday's season opener against the Knicks.

Horford tested positive on Monday, and players are required to quarantine for 10 days and then produce two negative tests before returning. The game in New York on Wednesday would be the 10th day since Horford's initial test.

Udoka said, Its going to be a long time coming.

Jaylen Brown, who has been out since testing positive for COVID-19 last Friday, should be back in time for the opener, according to Udoka. Udoka is eager to have both players fully healthy, but most importantly, he is concerned about their future.

Udoka noted, Als doing well. Obviously, nobody wants to be in this situation, so theres nothing particularly positive about it. But overall, hes doing well.

Brown is asymptomatic, according to The Celtics, and Brown has been declared symptomatic.

Udoka said that Boston's coaches have been in frequent contact with both players, and that they'll be able to participate in practices remotely. But their absences have slowed Bostons progress.

I guess the silver lining is that when its happening... in the preseason, Udoka said. Its missing games where it doesnt count, but it still breaks the flow of some of the things weve done in the past few weeks, and itre not a good day in general. But it also allows other players to get in there, see different lineups, and see what some of the young guys can accomplish.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbae@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.

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