Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's return to the court will not occur for at least three weeks, the team announced Tuesday night.

Bryant recently said he would return from a knee injury by the All-Star Game on Feb. 16 but that he would allow someone more deserving to play for the Western Conference team after he was voted in. He has played just six games this season.

The fractured knee he sustained on Dec. 19 was initially expected to keep him out six weeks, putting his return at around Jan. 30. However, the setback means he will not be back before late February.

With the 35-year-old veteran still experiencing pain and swelling, team physician Steve Lombardo recommended that Bryant maintain his regimen of non-weight-bearing exercise, mostly stationary-bicycle work. The Lakers announced that Bryant would be re-examined in around three weeks.

The knee injury occurred shortly after Bryant returned from a torn left Achilles tendon.

Bryant is averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 29.5 minutes per game this season.