To no one's surprise, Kyrie Irving's anticipated return to Boston will be delayed.

The former Boston Celtics guard will not travel with the Nets for Wednesday night's matchup, the team announced. Irving has missed the past four games with a shoulder injury.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic was first to report the news.

Vardon reports Irving "needs another week of rehabilitation, at minimum" and he could play next Friday when the C's face the Nets in Brooklyn.

Irving left Boston for Brooklyn in free agency over the summer after telling Celtics fans in the preseason he would re-sign. C's great Paul Pierce said Friday on ESPN he expects "the loudest boos in league history" when Irving makes his long-awaited return to TD Garden.

That moment will have to wait.

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