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Derrick Rose hopeful of being ready for opener

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose admits that he is still unsure whether he will be ready for the start of the season after fracturing his orbital bone.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has revealed that he remains unsure whether he will be ready to take to the court for the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After finally appearing to put his knee issues behind him in the latter stages of last season, the 2011 MVP was dealt a blow early in training camp when he fractured his orbital bone in a collision with teammate Taj Gibson.

The injury required surgery to repair, and despite returning to practice wearing a protective mask on Thursday, Rose is still not 100% as the Bulls look to the October 27 clash with Cleveland.

"Who knows?" Rose told reporters when asked if he would be ready to take on last season's beaten finalists. "My eye is getting better every day, so that's the only thing I can worry about right now.

"You really just got to wait, see how it feels when I'm able to open my eyes and the double vision is gone, so you just got to wait for it."

The Bulls face the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks before starting the season at home against the Cavaliers.

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Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 29, 2012
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