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Lakers' Pau Gasol injures finger in left hand with Spanish national team

August 10, 2009 |  4:14 pm

Gasol_240 Lakers forward Pau Gasol will be sidelined for three weeks after injuring a finger on his left hand during practice with the Spanish national team, a Spanish website reported.

Lakers spokesman John Black said he received a call from Gasol's agent from Spain, Arturo Ortega, who told him that Gasol broke his left index finger, had surgery today and is expected to make a full recovery. The report from Spain said he broke his left index finger.

"That's all we know," Black said.

A translation of the article said that Gasol injured his finger when he attempted to block a shot in practice. He was immediately taken to the hospital for surgery.

--Mark Medina

Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated Black's assessment came from Gasol's American agent, Arn Tellem. It also stated that Black was told Gasol broke his left middle finger. In a clarification this morning, Black said it is indeed his left index finger.

Photo: Pau Gasol, with his arm in a sling, speaks with a journalist yesterday prior to a press conference in Cadiz, Spain. Photo credit: Roman Rios / European Press Association.