NBA superstar Kobe Bryant looks set to finally return to the court, as he's been medically cleared to play basketball again.
According to nbanews.com the Laker star, who has been absent since April when he tore his Achilles tendon, announced on his Twitter page that he had been given the all-clear to resume full-time playing.
Bryant reportedly returned to practice over the weekend and is hopeful of making his official comeback in an NBA game soon, so the news is another step in the right direction.
The Lakers will also be welcomed by the news, as they are currently 5-7 this season having struggled to assert dominance in a large majority of their fixtures.
Even at the age of 35 Bryant remains one of their key performers, and his return will undoubtedly provide them with the boost they need to get their season back on track.
However it may yet be a while before the star is back on the court as coach Mike D'Antoni quickly preached patience concerning his return from injury.
D'Antoni wants to ensure his man is fully recovered before he resumes duties, and is willing to wait before selecting him.