Lakers’ Bryant, Gasol returning to face Wizards

Pau Gasol has missed 20 games because of a foot injury. (AP)

The Los Angeles Lakers have received a giant boost ahead of their matchup with the Washington Wizards Friday as Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will both play.

Bryant has only played in one quarter since spraining his ankle in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on March 13.

Gasol, who is expected to start with Earl Clark heading to the bench, has been out of action for 20 games due to a tear in the bottom of his right foot.

"Let's see how the foot feels from the workout today," Gasol said about his expected return Friday. "I feel confident, but we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."

The Lakers would be the healthiest they have been all season as Jordan Hill would be the lone remaining injured player.