Lakers’ Gasol has partial tear of plantar fascia

Updated: February 6, 2013

The Los Angeles Lakers learned on Wednesday
that forward Pau Gasol has a partial tear of his plantar fascia.

Gasol had an MRI in Boston Wednesday after hurting his right foot during
Tuesday’s win over the Nets in Brooklyn.

“The MRI test will be sent to team doctors in Los Angeles for analysis and
Gasol will fly to Los Angeles tomorrow (Thursday), where he will be examined
by team doctor Steve Lombardo and foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung. A further
update including a time estimate for Gasol’s return will be issued at the
conclusion of the examination,” the Lakers said in a statement.

The 32-year-old Spaniard landed on top of Brook Lopez’s foot, but with his
left. Gasol was holding his right foot in pain before walking off the floor
under his own power.

According to, Gasol could opt for rehab, with an estimated
timetable of 6-8 weeks. On the other hand, surgery would require 10-12 weeks.

Gasol is averaging 13.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36 games (29
starts) this season.