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Lakers news: MRI reveals left foot strain for Pau Gasol

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Add Pau Gasol to the list of injured players for the Los Angeles Lakers, as an MRI on Monday revealed a moderate strain of the flexor tendon in the big toe on his left foot, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Gasol suffered the injury in the team’s 123-87 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The 33-year-old is now listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game at Staples Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He also did not participate in Monday’s practice as the Lakers were only able to suit up eight players, and used two of their assistant coaches in Mark Madsen and J.J. Outlaw to help allow the team run a full court 5-on-5 scrimmage.

This latest injury for Gasol adds on to an already difficult season for the 12-year veteran as he has dealt with a multitude of injuries that include several bouts with a respiratory infection, a strained muscle in his left foot, and a mild right ankle sprain.

His injury woes have affected his play on the court as he is averaging 15.6 points, which is the second-lowest in his career, to go along with 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and shooting a career-low 44.8 percent from the field.

If Gasol is unable to give it a go in Tuesday’s game expect head coach Mike D’Antoni to split the Spaniard’s playing time among Chris Kaman, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre.

Xavier Henry was able to participate in an individual on-court workout on Sunday for the first time since suffering a bone bruise to his right knee in the Lakers’ 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but he did not participate in Monday’s practice. After his workout on Sunday, Henry experienced soreness in his right knee and has scaled back to non-weight-bearing exercises for the next few days.

The 22-year-old was originally scheduled to have his right knee re-evaluated on Monday, but the team has pushed the testing back to Tuesday.

“I don’t think he’ll get the all-clear yet,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said of Henry. “They’ll want to get him on the floor and have him go through some stuff. Hopefully sometime soon, but [playing against Cleveland] would surprise me.”

Henry will not play in Tuesday’s game regardless of what the re-evaluation shows due to the setback that occurred on Sunday. So with Henry out for what seems to be a bit longer, the Lakers will need Jodie Meeks to continue to handle the backup point guard duties.

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