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U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 14 (EFE).- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sustained a torn Achilles tendon and underwent reconstructive surgery.
The player tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot during the Los Angeles Lakers' 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
Team trainer Gary Vitti confirmed the bad news on Saturday after the team finished practice.
The 35-year-old Bryant could be out between six and nine months, Vitti said.
An Achilles rupture is a challenging injury to recover from and many professional athletes have seen their ability to perform reduced after sustaining this type of injury.
Bryant, who has been a key part of five Lakers championships since 2000 and won league MVP honors in 2008 and the NBA Finals MVP award in 2009 and 2010, suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter while driving against Warriors defender Harrison Barnes.
The injury was the latest - and likely biggest - setback in a disappointing Lakers season that began with high expectations after last summer's acquisitions of All-Star center Dwight Howard and two-time league MVP Steve Nash.
The team has been hit with injuries to Bryant, Howard, Nash and power forward Pau Gasol at different points in the season and is still battling for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff slot with just two games remaining in the regular season.