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Ersan Ilyasova is ready to return to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup Thursday when the team plays the New York Knicks in the NBA Global Games in London. Suddenly, the Bucks power forward position will look a lot different with Ilyasova playing as a "stretch 4" again and recently signed Kenyon Martin pitching in on the front line. Ilyasova has missed 19 of the last 20 games after suffering a broken nose Dec. 2 in Cleveland and a concussion when he returned Dec. 23 against Charlotte. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 28, 2014 Updates

After having missed nine games earlier this month due to a nasal fracture that required surgery, the Milwaukee Bucks forward is out again after suffering a concussion in his first game back. Ilyasova suffered the injury after colliding with teammate Zaza Pachulia in the Bucks' home loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 23 and didn't make the trip with Milwaukee in its victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. "This had nothing to do with the broken nose," said coach Jason Kidd of Ilyasova, who scored four points in 16 minutes in that Hornets game. "He's feeling a little bit better. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. "Hopefully he can do a little something, but we're still thinking he's going to be out for a couple more days." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Ilyasova will not go with the Bucks on their four-game western trip next week but is encouraged that he can return fairly soon, after being fitted for a mask he will wear to protect his nose. "I've broken my nose several times in the past eight years, and so far this is one of the worst ones," Ilyasova said. "I had a couple fractures, some of the new and old ones. "I had to get surgery and just put it in place. It was hard to breathe. Now I feel much better." Ilyasova was cleared for conditioning drills and said he has passed a concussion test. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Ilyasova has worn a mask several times before while with the Bucks and while playing international basketball with Turkey. The last time he wore a mask in NBA competition was during the 2012-'13 season. "I have to wear it for a couple months and we'll see how it goes," Ilyasova said. "You're going to be afraid to get hit again. Even now, if somebody pushed me, I kind of shy away a little bit. "But hopefully it's going to work out for me." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 12, 2014 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova will be a masked man when he returns to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup. Ilyasova has gone through an ordeal over the past 10 days after suffering a broken nose in a Dec. 2 game at Cleveland. On Friday he revealed he underwent surgery earlier this week to repair fractures caused when he collided with the elbow of Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 3, 2014 Updates

Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova was inadvertently struck in the face/nasal area late in the second quarter of yesterday’s game at Cleveland. After being examined in the locker room at halftime, he was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where he underwent a CT scan that revealed a nasal fracture. He also displayed symptoms of a mild concussion. Ilyasova was held overnight for observation, released this morning, and is returning to Milwaukee. NBA.com

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Ilyasova did not play international basketball for Turkey this summer in an effort to regain full health, and he said at Monday's annual team golf tournament that he is "100% healthy" entering next week's preseason training camp. "This summer is the first time for a long time I didn't play for the national team," said Ilyasova, a member of Turkey's runner-up World Championship squad in 2010. "I want to be part of the national team, but it is what it is. I have to first fix myself as well as be healthy. Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season. It was like a snowball. It gets worse and worse, and I never find myself 100%. Especially when you have a season like that, everybody was looking for some positive things. This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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