When Is Steph Curry Returning? Warriors Star to Play on Thursday Night After Missing 58 Games With Hand Injury

Stephen Curry is set to make his long-awaited return from injury on Thursday night when the Golden State Warriors host the Toronto Raptors.

The two-time regular season MVP has missed 58 consecutive games after fracturing his left hand in the fourth game of the season against the Phoenix Suns on October 30.

The 31-year-old underwent two surgeries to repair the fracture and will finally suit up for the visit of the Raptors, the team that dethroned the Warriors in the NBA Finals last year.

Curry confirmed his return on Wednesday on Twitter, with a short message reading: "About time!"

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The three-time NBA champion had initially hoped to return on Sunday against the Washington Wizards, but Golden State's coaching staff opted to postpone his first appearance since October until Thursday night.

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Speaking on KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Curry's resilience during his lengthy absence.

"This has been a long, long haul for Steph," he said. "He loves playing so much. I'm happy for us, I'm happy for our fans, but I'm happiest for Steph because he's going to be back playing basketball and doing what he loves."

Last month, Kerr dismissed the suggestion that Golden State would be better off leaving Curry off the court until next season, insisting the Warriors never planned to keep their star player out for longer than required.

Curry's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Golden State.

Already without Kevin Durant, who signed for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, and with Klay Thompson still sidelined with the ruptured ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season, Curry's injury delivered a terminal blow to the Warriors.

Golden State arrives into the game against the Raptors with a league-worst 14-48 record, while Toronto sits second in the Eastern Conference.

The Warriors will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season and have already lost more games this season than in Kerr's first three years in charge combined.

Curry will return to a team that looks very different to the one he shared the court with in October. Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney and Damion Lee are the only players on the roster that Curry has played more than four games with—including the playoffs.

The seventh overall pick of the 2009 draft has played a combined 15 games with the remaining nine players on the Warriors roster.

Last month, Kerr suggested it was important to have Curry share the court with some of his younger teammates ahead of next season.

While the Warriors are currently the favorites to land the first overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft, Kerr has repeatedly dismissed the suggestion the franchise may tank this season.

The lottery reform has reduced the incentive to finish with the worst record in the regular season as the teams with the three worst records all have a 14 percent chance of winning the top pick.

"I'm gonna do what's right for me," Curry said last month when asked whether his return could damage the Warriors' lottery odds. "And that's about it."

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Miami Heat at Chase Center on February 10 in San Francisco, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty
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