Kobe Bryant expected to return for LA Lakers

Last updated 01:41 08/12/2013
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SEASON OVER: Kobe Bryant limps off the court after tearing his Achilles tendon last season.

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The Los Angeles Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Monday (NZ time).

The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page yesterday indicating Bryant will be back for the game.

Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering a torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery in April.

Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last week. Bryant's new deal is reportedly worth US$48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.

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