The king has returned; almost.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium was the first to announce that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is set to return to the roster on Friday night against the Sacramento Kings after missing more than a month of action with a sprained ankle. James’ status for Friday’s game went from “out” to “questionable” earlier today and, apparently, has only improved since then.

The 36-year-old four-time NBA champion first suffered the setback against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20 and has been sidelined ever since. Without James in the roster this season, the Lakers have won just eight of 21 competitions. James, meanwhile, was averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game before his injury.

If James and / or the Lakers change course before the game against the Kings, he would be eligible to return for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

With or without James, the Lakers will start Friday’s selection in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 36-26, one game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and two ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers.