Kobe Bryant to make long-awaited return on Sunday?

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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has revealed he has high hopes of playing against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, reports ESPN.

Bryant has been sidelined for almost eight months with an Achilles injury but is expected to make his long-awaited comeback in the next few days.

The 35-year-old, who signed a $48.5million two-year contract at the LA Lakers at the end of November, has been pencilled in to face the Raptors this weekend.

Bryant said on his fitness battle: "I'm trying [to be fit for the Toronto game].

"We got to see how it feels tonight. I'm going to try to get another hard session in and then try to push it [Friday morning] again and the same thing Friday evening. Continue to just keep on measuring it."

The Lakers have struggled for form this season, winning nine and losing nine of their opening 18 games.

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni will be hoping star player Bryant can change his side's fortunes around.

The Lakers, who are fourth in the Pacific Division, face the Sacramento Kings on Friday - but Bryant will not travel to the Sleep Train Arena to play the Kings.

Bryant will instead work on his fitness to make sure he is fit for Sunday's match against the Kings at the Staples Center.

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