The Los Angeles Lakers have been dealt a blow with the news that Kobe Bryant will be forced to miss another four weeks after his latest setback from a knee injury. The 18-season veteran’s left knee was evaluated after the Lakers 104-92 defeat to the current NBA top dogs, the Indiana Pacers, with the 35-year old continuing to struggle with some pain and swelling.

Bryant has been out since December 19 with a fracture of the left tibial plateau in his left knee, an injury that occurred just six games into his Lakers return after missing the opening 19 games of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon in April.

Despite his injury problems, Bryant was named a starter for the 2014 NBA All-Star game, although the five-time NBA champion will now miss the game with his latest injury setback all but ruling him out of the game.

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An injury-plagued Kobe Bryant has had little to smile about this season

Bryant admitted he was finding it tough to handle his latest injury, revealing he was still not sure as to when he would be able to return to the court for the Lakers and help make the team a worthy bet with Betfair – something they haven’t been so far this season.

“(I’m) down about it. I didn’t know what to expect. It’s an injury that I really can’t measure so I have no idea what it’s supposed to feel like. It’s tough. It never really hurt when I was walking on it in the first place, so it’s tough to gauge it,” said the Lakers all-time leading scorer.

The Lakers have struggled without their starting shooting guard, and after a dismal first half of the season, the franchise is in danger of missing out on the play-offs for the first time since 2005. With Betfair punters writing off the Lakers hopes this season, the return of their talisman may still not be enough to help the team salvage anything from this season.

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