Published Monday, February 3, 2014 AT 10:55 PM / Updated at 11:41 PM
Gibbs’ return still up in the air
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

The coming days will determine whether Grant Gibbs gets back on the court Friday for Creighton’s home game against DePaul.

The senior guard hasn’t played since he suffered a dislocated right kneecap in a Jan. 7 game against the Blue Demons in Chicago. Gibbs had been pointing to Friday’s game for his return to the court.

He said Monday night that he’s uncertain if he’ll be able to hit that goal.

“We’ll have to see how these next three days go,’’ Gibbs said.

Gibbs had been restricted to no physical activity for about the first three weeks of his recovery. He was able to begin some light running and lateral-movement drills last week, and was given clearance last Friday to pick up the pace.

“I started some non-contact stuff and some running,’’ Gibbs said.

He did sit out practice on Sunday, and the Bluejays had their NCAA-mandated day off on Monday. Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he hopes Gibbs can get back on the practice floor Tuesday.

“That definitely would be a step in the right direction,’’ McDermott said.

The nine-day break in between Creighton’s last game on Jan. 28 against St. John’s and Friday’s contest again DePaul has been beneficial in helping the Bluejays get ready for the second half of Big East play, McDermott said.

“We’ve been able to give the guys two days totally off and Saturday was just a light shooting day,’’ McDermott said. “The reality of it is that we’ve had some tough stretches in February the last couple of years. Why not try to do something different?’’

Creighton has experienced three-game losing skids to open February each of the past two seasons before getting back on track and ending each season in the NCAA tournament.

“When we have practiced, we’ve worked exclusively on our own stuff,’’ McDermott said. “We haven’t talked about any other team. We’ll turn our attention to DePaul tomorrow.

“The nice benefit to this break is that we’ve been able to work on ourselves and we’ve been able to give guys some rest.’’

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Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.