LA Lakers fans will be cursing their luck after it was revealed that Kobe Bryant will sit out for at least another three weeks.

Bryant was originally expected to be available to make his Lakers return at the beginning of February following the knee fracture he sustained in December, with fans even hopeful of seeing him performing in the All-Star game on February 15.

However the chances of that happening now looks incredibly slim, with his franchise releasing a statement that confirms Bryant could be out for almost another month as he is still experiencing swelling and pain in his knee.

The official release from the Lakers read: “Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was examined prior to tonight's game by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and still has pain and swelling in his left knee. Bryant will continue with a program of non-weight bearing exercise, consisting mostly of working out on a stationary bike. He will be examined again in approximately three weeks.”

This comes only days after the legendary point-guard expressed his frustration at being resigned to only doing light work in preparation for his return.

And the news will be met with a particularly poor response from Lakers fans, who have had to endure their teams woeful showing in frequent games this year. Their current record stands at 16-30 ahead of a trip to the Charlotte Bobcats this weekend.

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