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Injury Update: Lakers Pau Gasol Hopes To Run This Week

Pau Gasol gave Los Angeles Lakers fans a minor injury boost amid the new slew of injuries to Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, and Dwight Howard

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    Ahead of a trip to face the New Orleans Hornets, Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers revealed that he intends to start running by the end of the week. Gasol has missed over four weeks with a foot injury.

    In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s injured elbow, yet another re-aggravation of Dwight Howard’s shoulder injury, and Metta World Peace’s rolled ankle, the Lakers actually received some good injury news.

    Pau Gasol is inching closer to a return and told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News that he intends to seek medical clearance to start running drills when the Lakers return to Los Angeles on Thursday. 

    Video: Lakers' Gasol Answering Questions After Concussion

    [LA] Lakers Pau Gasol's Tough Concussed Question
    This video was taken at Pau Gasol's locker at Staples Center following the Lakers' to Denver Nuggers on Jan. 6, 2013

    This should not be a total shock to anyone following Gasol's progress for the past week.

    On Feb. 26, Gasol had a brief Twitter exchange with the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Pincus that revealed he was no longer on crutches. The next day, Triple Threat got a brief glimpse of Gasol performing some light weight activities in the Lakers’ training room.

    Pau Gasol: Lakers-Thunder Post Game

    [LA] Pau Gasol Talks About Kobe Bryant After Lakers Beat Thunder
    This video was shot at Staples Center at Pau Gasol's locker following the Los Angeles Lakers' victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 27, 2013.

    On Feb. 28, Gasol publicly resurfaced at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility, as he worked on building stamina on the elliptical machine. Two days later, Gasol and Jordan Hill were working side-by-side on elliptical machines when the media entered practice.

    Considering the consistent stream of positive signs recently, the latest bit of Gasol news should come as no surprise, but it is still warmly welcomed by the team and fans alike.

    Lakers' Concussed Pau Gasol Describes Concussion

    [LA] Lakers' Concussed Pau Gasol Describes Concussion
    This video of a concussed Pau Gasol was taken at Staples Center on Jan. 6, 2013 following Lakers' loss to Nuggets.

    Gasol originally suffered a tear in his plantar fascia on Feb. 5 in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ win at Brooklyn. The Spaniard was expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury. With four weeks gone, Gasol is still expected to be about 2-4 weeks away from a full return to the team.

    At this point, though, the Los Angeles Lakers will gladly accept any positive injury news that falls at their feet, or elbows, or hips, or ankles, or shoulders.

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