By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Despite disputing reports of his return earlier in the day, Karl-Anthony Towns will start for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night.

The team announced Towns’ much-awaited return on Twitter Wednesday evening.

Wednesday afternoon, Towns said a report he has recovered from COVID and will play Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers was news to him.

“Last time I checked, I was gonna go through shootaround and see how I feel,” Towns said in response to a tweet from The Athletic’s Shams Charania about the center’s status. “Underlying conditions and Covid don’t mix well.”

Towns announced his positive COVID diagnosis Jan. 15 and has not played since. The Timberwolves had previously listed Towns as doubtful for Wednesday’s game.

The Wolves were 3-8 before Towns’ injury and have gone 3-10 since, making their overall record 6-18; that puts them at the bottom of the Western Conference and tied for the worst record in the league.

Towns’ mother and six other relatives have died from COVID-19.