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Pau Gasol will play in tonight's contest against the Portland Trailblazers despite having plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday it was reported that Pau Gasol has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. After taking a few weeks off to nurse tendinitis in both of his knees, Gasol now has a new nagging issue that could eventually force him to take time away. However, Pau was dealing with the pain from the plantar fasciitis before shutting it down for his knees, played through it in the past, and will continue to do so reports Mark Medina.

Gasol said he has been nursing the injury "for a while," but he noticed the pain in the arch of his foot increasing in recent days. That’s why he spent the Lakers day off on Thursday seeing foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung and receiving an MRI. Gasol said a stress fracture in his left leg that he suffered during the 2003-04 season with the Memphis Grizzlies first stemmed from plantar fasciitis in that foot, causing him to miss 23 games.

"The pain has gone up a little bit," Gasol said, who added the pain remains the highest in the mornings. "We just wanted to make sure there aren’t any fractures."

Still, Gasol believes he can play through it. "So far, we’ve been managing it and keeping it under control," Gasol said. "Right now, I’m playing tonight. It’s always day by day." -

Mark Medina, L.A. Daily News

"It's always day by day" is rather ominous for a season that has been plagued with injuries for the Los Angeles Lakers. For this day, though, Pau Gasol will be playing for the Lakers in their final game of 2012. Updates as they come.