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Lakers struck by another injury blow

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The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered yet another backcourt injury blow, with Xavier Henry the latest name to join the franchise's lengthy injury list.

According to AP reports featured on NBA.com, Henry sustained a right knee strain during the first quarter of the Lakers' clash against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on Sunday night and is set for an MRI exam to assess the extent of the damage.

Such news is the latest in a long line of injury issues for the Lakers so far this season, with head coach Mike D'Antoni frequently forced to alter his starting guard pairing as a result.

Superstar Kobe Bryant's eagerly-anticipated return from a torn achilles lasted just six games following a knee fracture sustained against the Memphis Grizzlies, while veteran point guard Steve Nash is still sidelined with a troublesome back problem.

In addition, Steve Blake is currently unavailable with an elbow injury and Jordan Farmar only returned on Christmas Day following a hamstring issue.

Henry's knee injury will provide yet more of an unwanted headache for D'Antoni and the 22-year-old former Kansas Jayhawk did not manage to make it back onto the court during the 76ers' 111-104 win.

Following that defeat, the Lakers lie 13th in the Western Conference standings with a 13-18 record. 

They face a game against the 6-24 Milwaukee Bucks on New Year's Eve, before two further home encounters against the Utah Jazz - the team who beat them in Salt Lake City on Friday evening thanks to a dramatic putback dunk from Derrick Favors - and the Denver Nuggets to come.

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