This afternoon, Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair his torn left Achilles tendon. While we initially speculated about Bryant's timetable to recover from such an injury, the Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has officially declared that Kobe will be out for six to nine months. 

When discussing Bryant's situation, Vitt didn't hold back with the details, calling the Achilles injury a "complete rupture," as well as saying that the tendon needs "to be sewn back together." Yikes!

Following the surgery, Bryant will be immobilized for a month or more. With everything goes to plan, Kobe could be available by the start of the 2013-14 season.  

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[via ESPN]