Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers forward could return from knee injury by end of January

Written By Kyle Irving
Anthony Davis
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Help is on the way for the Lakers sooner rather than later.

All-Star big man Anthony Davis has been sidelined since Dec. 18 with a sprained MCL in his left knee but according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, he could return to the Lakers soon.

How long will the Lakers be without Davis? Here's everything we know about the injury.

What is Anthony Davis' injury?

According to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the medial collateral ligament (MCL) is located on the inner side of the knee and prevents the knee from collapsing inward.  A sprain of the MCL can range from a mild injury to a complete tear.

The 6-foot-10 forward has been out with a sprained MCL in his left knee since the Lakers matchup against the Timberwolves on Dec. 18 when he suffered the injury during the third quarter and never returned.

How long will Anthony Davis be out?

Davis has been sidelined for about four weeks, which was his original timeline after undergoing an MRI on his knee.

Right on schedule, ESPN's McMenamin reported on Friday, Jan. 14 that "there is optimism within the Lakers organization that Davis could return to game action during LA's upcoming GRAMMY road trip." Lakers coach Frank Vogel said on Monday Davis was cleared for "on-court ramp-up with contact," but did not offer a specific timeline. 

For those who are unaware, the GRAMMY road trip occurs for the Lakers every year when Arena hosts the GRAMMY's. The Lakers are set to take off on this road trip on Jan. 21 to travel to Orlando and will hit stops in Miami (Jan. 23), Brooklyn (Jan. 25), Philadelphia (Jan. 27) and Charlotte (Jan. 28) before concluding in Atlanta (Jan. 30).

In line with McMenamin's report, any one of those six games could be seen as potential return dates for the All-Star big man.

Davis has missed the Lakers' last 12 games and the team went 5-7 over that stretch. This season, Davis is averaging 23.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals over 27 games.

Lakers upcoming schedule

Lakers' upcoming schedule
Date Opponent Time (ET) National TV
Jan. 15 at Nuggets 9:00 PM NBA TV
Jan. 17 vs. Jazz 10:30 PM NBA TV
Jan. 19 vs. Pacers 10:30 PM
Jan. 21 at Magic 7:00 PM
Jan. 23 at Heat 6:00 PM NBA TV
Jan. 25 at Nets 7:30 PM TNT
Jan. 27 at 76ers 7:30 PM TNT
Jan. 28 at Hornets 7:00 PM
Jan. 30 at Hawks 1:00 PM

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