Kobe Bryant has had to scale back his rehab after the LA Lakers superstar somewhat overdid it during training with the franchise on their recent trip to China.

The 35-year-old sustained an Achilles tendon tear in April in a match against Golden State, and has not played for the Lakers since, and he is not expected to return until shortly before January.

Bryant was with his Lakers teammates in China as they continued their preparations for the new NBA season, which begins next week, and was able to up his rehabilitation programme to include jogging.

The Olympic gold medal winner, however has had to reduce his workload in order to allow his injury chance to heal more sufficiently.

"I was cranking it up the entire time I was in China. I've scaled back since just to let it heal up a little bit more and get a little more flexibility to it," he told reporters.

Bryant will be a significant miss for the Lakers when the new season starts, having struggled following significant departures in the off-season, and their first game is against the Clippers on Wednesday next week.

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