(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will undergo surgery on Saturday afternoon to repair the torn Achilles tendon suffered in Friday night’s win over the Golden State Warriors, according to team trainer Gary Vitti.
Recovery time is expected to be anywhere from six to nine months.
“It’s gone,” said Vitti, referring to Bryant’s Achilles. “So, it has to be sewn back together.”
Vitti added that Bryant would be immobilized for up to a month after the surgery. If all goes well for Bryant in the recovery period, he could be ready to play at the start of the 2013-2014 season.
The Lakers are currently one game up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the team does in fact make the postseason, they will be without their best player and leader.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN