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Xavier Henry injury update: Lakers G suffers another setback

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So much for the plan to see Xavier Henry make his return to the court on Sunday for the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks, as he suffered yet another setback, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The 22-year-0ld will miss at least another 10-14 days and his injury timeline will be precisely decided by the MRI he will undergo on Monday, according to head coach Mike D’Antoni. This is not the first setback Henry has suffered as he tried to give it a go in an individual workout on Jan. 12, but experienced swelling in his right knee and had to scale back his rehab to non-weight-bearing exercises for the following few days afterward.

Henry was reportedly targeting Sunday’s game as his first game back since suffering a bone bruise in his right knee in the first quarter of the Lakers’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29.  He had been participating in light shooting and jogging for the last three days.

“I feel a lot better,” Henry said before the Magic game, undeterred by the supposed setback. “I’ve been able to work out pretty strenuously for the last few days, back-to-back-to-back-to-back, and then we worked out [Friday]. I did a lot [Friday] and I’m feeling pretty good about it.

“They’re not really worried about me hurting this part of my knee more. It’s more about if I hurt something else. They don’t want something worse to happen somewhere else in my knee. They want me to at least not be overcompensating or anything like that. So, that’s what they’re more worried about other than just this part in my knee where the meniscus and the bone bruise type stuff is.”

Despite suffering anohter setback, Henry appears to be in good spirits as he stated that his knee is feeling much better and that he may return to the court sooner than expected if all goes well in the following handful of days.

“It might not even be 10-14 days,” he said. “We’re trying a new strength program on different parts of my knee to make sure everything builds up the way it’s supposed to build up so I won’t be overcompensating. It that does well, hopefully it will be sooner.”

Henry would also take to Twitter on Friday to tweet about his positive outlook on the injury that has sidelined him for the last few weeks.

Along with Henry getting re-evaluated early this week, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are both expected to be re-examined sometime within the next couple of days. As for Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, they both appear to be a couple of weeks away from returning from their respective injuries.

As the Lakers continue to deal with injuries, it is appearing that they are going to safe route with their injured players as they are allowing them more time recover as they do not want them to suffer any additional setbacks. As Henry stated, overcompensation of over muscles or other body parts is the main concern.

Injuries can be a tricky situation to deal with as it all comes down to the way that they are handled. And it looks like the Lakers are taking the more precautious and safe course of action.

Here is the play that Henry injured his right knee:

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.

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