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Sunday May 10, 2009 2:07 PM

Yao Ming Out for Remainder of Playoffs

Hairline fracture of foot sidelines All Star Center

Houston - Rockets center Yao Ming has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2009 NBA Playoffs after further diagnostic procedures conducted today revealed a small hairline fracture in his left foot. The finding is in addition to the earlier diagnosis of a left ankle sprain that he sustained during Friday night’s 108-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals playoff series. While no surgery is needed, the expected recovery timeline is between eight to 12 weeks.

“Yao Ming had an initial test taken in the early morning hours on Saturday following the game,” said Rockets Team Physician Dr. Tom Clanton. “The original diagnosis of the left ankle sprain was based on the results of that test. Further diagnostic procedures performed later in the day, revealed a hairline fracture on the top of his left foot. In order for the bone to heal properly, Yao will need to immobilize the foot by wearing a walking boot. No surgery is required and he should be able to resume his regular workout routine sometime between the next eight to 12 weeks.”

Despite the frustrating nature and timing of the injury, Yao says he's doing his best to stay positive.

"When the final results came out I was not very, very surprised," he said Sunday during a press conference to address his injury. "It's frustrating but you have to be positive. It's better than last year. Last year was hurting a long time. At least this time I don't need surgery. I have gotten through harder situations than this. I'll get through this one too."

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