Rubio to make season debut against Mavs

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced guard Ricky Rubio is expected to make his season debut Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

Rubio tore his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in his left knee in March last season and underwent successful surgery later that month.

"I'm excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best fans in the NBA at Target Center," said Rubio. "After a long recovery, this is the first step in me getting back on the court and helping my teammates. Thank you to the fans for their support over the last nine months."

The highly touted guard from Spain was off to a stellar rookie campaign, averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists over 41 games last season prior to the injury.