Injured NBA star Bryant may be out for nine months

Apr 15, 2013, 09:50 IST | AFP

Kobe Bryant underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon which could sideline the Los Angeles Lakers star for up to nine months, the NBA team announced on Saturday

The 15-time all-star Bryant left the court in agony toward the end of Friday’s 118-116 win over Golden State and later declared his season over.

Kobe Bryant grimaces after injuring himself on Friday. Pic/AFP

Bryant chose to have immediate surgery to repair the damage to his torn left Achilles, undergoing an operation on Saturday.

Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti described the torn tendon as a “third degree rupture.”

“Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months,” Lakers spokesman John Black said.

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