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Lakers News: Pau Gasol hopes to return from foot injury next week

The Los Angeles Lakers may have lost Kobe Bryant for a considerable amount of time due severely sprained ankle suffered on Wednesday night, but Pau Gasol’s return to the floor appears to be right around the corner according to Ramona Shelburne of as of March 13:

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Pau Gasol #16 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during the game with the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center on January 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. . The Lakers won 111-106.
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Pau Gasol's immediate future as he continues to recover from torn plantar fascia in his foot is clearing up some as he's eyeing a return to the court next week.

Back on Feb. 5, Gasol went down with a torn plantar fascia against the Brooklyn Nets. The injury appeared to be severe enough to potentially end the two-time NBA champion’s season, but the team held out hope Gasol would return before the NBA playoffs.

Fortunately, Gasol is making considerable progress in getting his body back to form after sitting out more than a month with the foot injury. Gasol’s presence on the floor will be needed more than ever with no timetable set for Kobe’s return to the floor after suffering the ankle injury in the loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The real question for Gasol once officially healthy enough to return is whether or not he’ll be able to coexist with Dwight Howard in the paint. The two talented frontcourt players struggled to play consistently well while on the floor at the same time, but now the team has been potentially forced into a corner with Kobe possibly on the shelf for the rest of the regular season if not the rest of the year.

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