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Yao Ming Out Indefinitely Following Stress Fracture Diagnosis

Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets
Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets. Photographer: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left ankle and there is no timetable for his return to the National Basketball Association team, the Rockets said.

Out since Nov. 10 because of what was said to have been a bone bruise in his surgically repaired ankle, the fracture to Yao’s medial malleolus was detected while rehabilitating the injury, the Rockets said in an e-mailed news release.

The fracture is related to the one that caused the 7-foot-6 Yao to miss all of last season after having surgery in July 2009, the team said. That operation included a bone graft and additional procedures to change the alignment of the foot and reduce stress on the repaired bone.

Yao, 30, an All-Star in each of the seven NBA seasons he’s played, was in five games this season for the Rockets (10-15), averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Despite his limited play, he was the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers in initial balloting for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, released earlier today by the league.

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