Image: Chris Graythen | Getty Images
Image: Chris Graythen | Getty Images

According to reports out of Lakers’ practice today, Metta World Peace is likely to make his return to the lineup as early as Tuesday night:

World Peace originally tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee against the Golden State Warriors back on March 25th. He then had surgery to repair the tear on March 28th.

Lakers’ doctors originally said World Peace would be out at least six weeks after surgery.

Today’s news comes as quite a surprise, considering World Peace had surgery just 12 days ago. World Peace credited healthy eating, yoga and off-season workouts for his speedy recovery.

As Mike Trudell reported, if there are no setbacks or swelling from today’s workout, World Peace is likely to play in Tuesday’s matchup with the New Orleans Hornets.

This miraculous recovery is certainly a welcomed sight for the Lakers.

With only five regular season games remaining, and Kobe Bryant playing close to 48 minutes per game, getting World Peace back in the lineup this soon could be a catalyst for the stretch run.

In related news, point guard Steve Nash did not practice today and is considered “doubtful” for Tuesday’s game. Nash continues dealing with both hip and hamstring injuries, but remains listed as “day-to-day”.