Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger returned to practice Thursday and said he expects to be available when his team hosts the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at TD Garden.

Sullinger suffered a bone bruise on his right knee while taking a charge in the first half of Monday's win over the Orlando Magic. He sat out Wednesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats because of lingering soreness, but the team seemed optimistic he'd be ready on Friday.

"That’s the plan, I’m going [Friday] night," said Sullinger. "It’s a bone bruise and it was just tough for me to land and jump confidently. I decided to sit the night out [Wednesday] and hopefully get another day of rest and try to get this knee back where it needs to be."

Sullinger endured the bruise when Orlando's Mo Harkless stumbled into the lane and plowed into the knee as Sullinger drew an unintentional charge call ("I had nowhere to go and he just kind of ran me over," he said.) Sullinger played nearly 15 minutes in the second half that night despite the initial pain, but the knee swelled up overnight and soreness set in. He woke up feeling stiff on Tuesday morning and the team sent him for an MRI.

"I think we just did that for precautionary reasons," he said. "We were all nervous because it’s a knee, but we just wanted to go ahead and make sure before I get cleared to play that there was no cartilage or ligament damage."