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Something else may be bent or binding. Take the assembly apart and check that it moves freely before hooking it back up to the engine's shift shaft. Lube the pivots and bushings. Make sure the joints are not turned in such a way that they are binding.
Bending the lever back carefully using an adjustable wrench on the shaft/rod may work, or it may snap, so have a new one ready if you need the bike for transportation. Heating may help keep it from breaking.