Monday January 4th, 2016

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, who’s been nursing a sprained ankle and bone bruise, is set to return on Monday against the Hornets.

“I plan to play,” Barnes told reporters. “I’m feeling good. It’s been a long recovery process. Glad to finally be back on the court and playing on a game day.”

The 23-year-old has not played since sustaining the injury in a win over the Suns on Nov. 22.

The team is currently dealing with a slew of injuries; Stephen Curry is questionable with a shin contusion that has kept him out of two of the team’s past three games, and Leandro Barbosa and Festus Ezeli have also missed time due to different ailments.

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Barnes has averaged 13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17 games this season.

The Warriors and Hornets are set to tip at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

- Kenny Ducey

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