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Tyson Chandler on track for Tuesday return to Knicks lineup

Jan 13, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

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NEW YORK – The Knicks are in the process of turning things around, having won four straight and five of their last six. And they’ve managed to do it largely without their defensive anchor in Tyson Chandler, who’s been sidelined essentially for the last four games due to an upper respiratory infection.

Chandler will miss Monday’s contest against the Suns, but was working out pregame and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson hopes to have his starting center back in the lineup when his team heads to Charlotte to face the Bobcats on Tuesday.

“He’s working out a little bit before the game, and then tomorrow we’ll see how he feels when we walk through some things at the hotel,” Woodson said. “I think he might play tomorrow.”

As to just how serious the illness was, Woodson seemed to think the amount of games it caused Chandler to miss speaks for itself.

“Obviously it was serious,” he said. “I mean, he was in the bed for a while. He’s now up and around and was at the gym yesterday, so we’ll see how he feels [Tuesday] and then go from there.”

Woodson said he was unable to tell really if Chandler lost any weight during his time off — largely because Chandler isn’t exactly the bulkiest of guys to begin with.

“I don’t know if he did or not,” Woodson said. “We talked a little bit this morning. I mean, he’s frail as it is. But don’t tell him I said that.”

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