It has been another rough season for the Los Angeles Lakers in terms of injuries. A new player seems to go down with an injury on a weekly basis this season with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar currently on the shelf. Fortunately, a couple of these players appear to be nearing a return with Farmar being one of them according to Bill Oram of OC Register on Jan. 20:
Jordan Farmar said doctors are being more careful with this hamstring tear. Looking more like 6 weeks from original Dec. 30 injury.
Along with Farmar potentially returning in mid-February, newcomer Henry is also making progress in his return to the lineup for the Lakers. Henry suffered a bone bruise in his knee back in late December and will have his injured knee re-evaluated on Wednesday.
With Farmar and Henry back in the lineup, the backcourt for the Lakers will get a considerable boost off the bench. Second-year point guard Kendall Marshall has played exceptionally well since joining the team after Farmar, Bryant and Henry went down. Marshall may continue to be the starter once Farmar gets back healthy, but with head coach Mike D'Antoni always mixing things up, there's no telling if he'll keep Marshall starting or go with Farmar.
As for Nash and Blake, there's been no timetable given for their return. Blake has been participating in practice, but has been forced to use his left arm rather than his right to compensate for the elbow injury.
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