Pau Gasol Injury: Updates on Foot of Los Angeles Lakers Star

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIFebruary 5, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 10, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has been out for weeks dealing with a foot injury, but things are finally looking up for the four-time All-Star.


UPDATE: Friday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

As the Lakers continue to cling to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings, they will get a big boost this evening with Gasol's return to the lineup. Head coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed that Gasol would indeed see action and likely start, according to the team's official Twitter page.

As the tweet also indicates, superstar Kobe Bryant will make his return after missing two games with a sprained ankle and the flu. 

It will be interesting to see just how healthy both players are as the Lakers take on the Washington Wizards, who are playing much better since the return of star point guard John Wall

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 20 at 3:32 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Lakers fans as Pau Gasol (foot) is inching closer to returning to game action. ESPN's Dave MacMenamin has the latest:

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UPDATE: Friday, March 15 at 12:05 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

It sounds as though Gasol is set to return for Monday's road game against the Phoenix Suns. Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register documents the latest from Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni:

The hint at an increased role for Gasol makes sense with superstar Kobe Bryant out indefinitely with a sprained ankle. L.A. needs the big man to step up to keep its momentum going as the playoff race heats up.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 13 at 8:15 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though it's not a set-in-stone return date, more positive news continues to emerge about Gasol's foot. According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Gasol said in an ESPN Radio interview on Wednesday that he hopes to return next week:

With the Lakers finally back above .500 and firmly in the playoff race, Gasol's upcoming return is yet another good sign for a team that is finally starting to build momentum.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 13 at 8:51 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Lakers fans as Pau Gasol (foot) could return to practice next week, according to Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina:

Assuming he doesn't experience any setbacks on the torn plantar fascia on his right foot, Lakers forward Pau Gasol could begin practicing with the team as early as next week.

Gasol completed his first basketball workout following morning shootaround Tuesday, consisting of shooting and post-up drills with Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham. Gasol plans to work out again today before the Lakers play in Atlanta. Gasol then plans to participate Thursday in running drills.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, Gasol is making progress off the court:

Orange County Register reporter Kevin Ding added more encouraging detail to Gasol's situation:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Pau Gasol continues to make progress as he deals with his foot injury. L.A. Daily News' Mark Medina has the latest on Gasol's status:

Assuming he doesn’t experience any setbacks, Pau Gasol plans to seek medical clearance to participate in running drills once the Lakers returns Thursday from a two-day trip...

...'Things have been good,' Gasol said in a brief moment with this newspaper. 'No pain, a little bit of stiffness.'

The Lakers cleared Gasol last week to get off crutches and run on an elliptical machine. The Lakers have stuck to their timetable that Gasol will be out for at least six to eight weeks.

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 11 at 11:42 p.m. ET by Michael Dulka

Gasol will not have surgery on his foot, and the timeline for his return is 6-8 weeks. The Los Angeles Times reported the news:

The Lakers forward-center confirmed he will not have surgery on the torn plantar fascia in his right foot. The team expects Gasol to be out a minimum of six to eight weeks with the injury.

Gasol also tweeted out this gem of a photo as he recovers from the foot injury: 

If Gasol's rehab goes well, he should be back on the court for the Lakers before the end of the regular season. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:03 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

The Lakers confirmed on Thursday that Pau Gasol would be out six to eight weeks, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA.

Markazi tweeted:

But according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, the 6-8 week timetable is only if Gasol elects to skip surgery: 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:40 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Bad news on the Gasol injury front. If the following report by CBS' Ken Berger is true, the Spaniard will be out of action for at least six weeks:

It gets worse. Berger informs us that the six-week timetable applies to the quicker, but less effective form of recovery: 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 11 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Pau Gasol is concerned about the injury he sustained in Tuesday night's game, and he will be taking extra precautions, as ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reported via Twitter:

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Gasol was able to briefly stay in the game before going back to the locker room to be evaluated by team trainers. The injury left an already thin Lakers team even more depleted for the final moments of the game.

Dwight Howard missed the game with a shoulder (labrum) injury, as the L.A. Daily NewsMark Medina noted. Fellow starter Metta World Peace also did not play in the game after he received a one-game suspension for his role in a scrap with Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight.

However, Los Angeles still found a win to win the game, 92-83.

There will be concerns over Gasol’s health going forward. He has played in just 35 of Los Angeles’ 49 games this season after dealing with knee and head injuries earlier in the season.

The power forward is averaging a career-low 13.3 points and has struggled to fit into Mike D’Antoni’s offense. This is one of the contributing factors to the Lakers’ disappointing 23-26 record.

Although Gasol has not lived up to the standard he established for himself in previous seasons, he is still one of L.A.’s key players. The team will sincerely hope that his injury does not force him to miss more time this season.