The wait for Pau Gasol continues.

After his plans to play against Phoenix on Monday had to be scrapped because he experienced soreness in his recovering right foot, the veteran Lakers forward said Sunday he was no longer publicly targeting a specific game for his return.

"I don't want to put any dates out there, so there are no disappointments or surprises," he said.

Gasol said foot specialist Kenneth Jung told him the discomfort he experienced Saturday while playing two-on-two at the Lakers' practice facility was to be expected as he increased the intensity in his return from the tear inside the bottom of the foot he suffered early last month.

"It's a pretty normal reaction from the injury that I had," Gasol said.

After playing Phoenix, the Lakers have three days off before playing host to Washington on Friday. That could allow Gasol to test his foot in practice a few times before a possible return.

The extra rest will also presumably help Gasol recover from a cold he has been battling since the Lakers traveled to Orlando last week.

Whenever Gasol comes back, it probably will be as a starter. He was mostly coming off the bench in the weeks before his foot injury except as an injury replacement for Dwight Howard.