Injury Update: Pau Gasol

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who tore his right plantar fascia nearly five-and-a-half weeks ago, has been ruled out of tonight’s game against Sacramento as well as Monday’s game at Phoenix.

“He’ll have three days in between games and then hopefully, he’ll be able to come out (on Friday),” coach Mike D’Antoni explained pregame.

The 7-foot Spaniard did extensive on-court work during the Lakers most recent road trip. The original prognosis was a six to eight week timetable that Gasol was expected to miss. He originally suffered the injury back on Feb. 5 at Brooklyn.

“Until he starts to play and get up and down, you never know,” D’Antoni said. “Whether it’s Friday or not, you just can’t tell. Hopefully Friday, he’ll be cleared.”

Gasol, meanwhile, did not have a timetable and did not target a specific game for his return.

“I don’t want to put any date so there are no surprises or disappointments,” he said.

Kobe Bryant, who severely sprained his ankle at Atlanta, is also battling an illness
and will be out of action tonight as well. It will be the first game missed this year for the 16-year veteran.

Jodie Meeks will start in Bryant’s place.