Bulls’ Joakim Noah needs surgery on left shoulder, out 4-6 months

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Bulls forward Joakim Noah.

CHICAGO – Fans who feared the worst about one of the Bulls’ most energetic players had them confirmed early Saturday evening.

Around 7:15 PM the Bulls announced that Joakim Noah will require surgery on his left shoulder and will be sidelined four-to-six months once it’s complete.

Noah re-injured the left shoulder during the Bulls’ loss to the Mavericks on Friday evening. It was the same shoulder he dislocated and strained on December 21st in the Bulls’ loss to the Nets.

After that first injury to his left shoulder Noah missed nine games but returned this past week.

He played in four games since his Monday return against the Wizards. While not a major force on offense Noah was able to provide help on the boards, collecting nine rebounds against Washington, seven rebounds versus the Bucks the next day and 16 against the Sixers Thursday. 

He had two points and two rebounds against Dallas on Friday at the United Center before getting injured.

Primarily used in a reserve role, Noah averaged 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds a game in 2015-2016.