Yao has mild left ankle sprain

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HOUSTON - Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has a mild left ankle sprain and will miss at least one week, the team announced on Thursday.

He will return to Houston in order to begin rehabilitation of the ankle, which he injured in the first quarter of Wednesday's 98-91 loss to Washington.

Yao has averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while playing just over 18 minutes per game in five contests this year.

The 30-year-old China native sat out the entire 2009-2010 season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left foot.


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