Saturday , Nov , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Manu Ginobili Could Return Next Week

 Manu Ginobili could return to the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup next week, earlier than expected after he had surgery on his left ankle in September to repair ligament damage.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would not specify Ginobili’s projected return, but he did say Ginobili has recovered more quickly than expected.

Ginobili said Friday he’d like to play in the Spurs’ next game Monday night in Memphis. Popovich said he doesn’t think that will happen.

"When he’s ready, that’s when he’s going to play," Popovich said. "And, right now, he’s not ready."