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Yao Ming's Season Reportedly Over After Suffering Another Stress Fracture

Yao Ming reportedly suffered another stress fracture in his left foot, ending his season after just five games. Is his NBA career now in jeopardy?

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Yao Ming Injury: Another Stress Fracture Will Reportedly Keep Rockets Center Out For Season

Yao Ming has battled injuries since the day the Houston Rockets drafted him number one overall back in 2002. When he's been healthy, he's been among the best players in the game. But he missed the entire 2009/10 season with a stress fracture in his foot, and now, he's reportedly been dealt with another setback.

Yao has suffered a second stress fracture in his left ankle and will not return for the rest of the season, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Yao Ming with another stress fracture in his left ankle. Not in same bone, but same ankle. Wondering now if he'll ever return.     

Yao has only played in five games this season after suffering a left foot injury in an early-season game against the Washington Wizards. He had been targeting a December 7 return to the court, but that date came and went. An MRI showed the new stress fracture earlier Thursday, according to Feigen:

Previous tests did not show the fracture. MRI on Thur showed the injury. Might have happened compensating for sprain. He had no idea yest.    

The obvious question now concerns Yao's future. By the end of this season, Yao will have played in five of a possible 164 games over the past two seasons. He also missed 27 games in 2007/08 and 34 games in 2006/07. Yao hopes to be ready by next summer, according to Feigen, but he'll also be a free agent after the year. As The Dream Shake notes, he probably has played his last game in Houston. The question is whether it will be the last game of his NBA career.

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Yao Ming Hoping To Return From Foot Injury On December 7

The status of Yao Ming's chronically-injured feet is always a sensitive subject around Houston. After missing the entire 2009/10 season with a foot injury, Yao has been out of action since November 10 with a strained tendon in his left foot. The good news, though, is that he's targeting a return shortly.

Yao spoke to reporters after Rockets practice today and said he is targeting a December 7 return to the court, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Yao went though shootaround. Practice tom. Planning Dec. 7 return vs. Detroit, T-Mac.    

Feigen clarifies that Yao said the December 7 target date is simply "the latest" he's heard, and his actual return will depend on how well he does in practice.

Without Yao, the Rockets have limped to a 5-12 record. They have really struggled on defense, surrendering an average of 110.1 points per 100 possessions this season, sixth-worst in the league. 

For more, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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Yao Ming Leaves Wizards Game With Strained Tendon In Left Foot

Rockets center Yao Ming headed into the locker room during the first half of the Wizards game with a tendon strain in his left foot. The injury occurred when he collided with JaVale McGee when Yao was attempting to guard the Wizards' center. Yao limped to the locker room soon after and has yet to come back.

His return to the game has been ruled questionable. Yao's minutes have been limited this year so as to preserve his health. 

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