WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season due to the stress fracture in his left ankle, the Rockets confirmed on Friday.
Rockets team physician Walter Lowe told the Houston Chronicle on Friday that the usual course to treat the stress fracture is surgery, which would require seven to 10 months of rehabilitation.
Lowe said that this was not necessarily a career-ending injury but added: "To say Yao's not at a risk to continue to have stress fractures would be crazy. He is at a continued risk."
The seven-time All-Star sat out last season after surgery to repair his broken left foot. He played in five games this season, averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebonds, but has been sidelined since Nov. 10 because of the stress fracture.