Yao has stress fracture in ankle

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has a stress fracture in his left ankle.

Yao has been out since Nov. 10 with what has been called a bone bruise in the same ankle. An MRI performed Thursday revealed the stress fracture.

The team says there is no timetable for his return.  It's a major setback for the 7-foot-6 Yao, a seven-time All-Star, who sat out all of last season after surgery to repair his broken left foot.

Yao averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game in his five games this season.

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