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Yao's injury not healed, to sit out indefinitely

BASKETBALL star Yao Ming has not recovered from his foot injury and will be out indefinitely, while little is known about the status of Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang's injured right foot.

Houston Rockets' team doctor Tom Clanton examined Yao's foot on Wednesday and said the injury had not responded to the treatment program. A bone scan revealed the fracture had not healed. The team said no timeline was set for Yao's return even though Yao was not experiencing any pain in his foot.

The team reported that other treatments were being considered as well.

Yao suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot in the Rockets' second-round playoff loss to the NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers on May 8. Rockets initially said Yao would miss eight to 12 weeks.

Yao will miss the Asian Basketball Championships, which starts in Tianjin on August 6.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey also called Yao the "cornerstone of the team" and said he had no intention of trading him, agencies reported.

Yao has been linked in the media with a move to the Cleveland Cavaliers after a Chinese firm bought shares in the team.

Meanwhile, in Shanghai, no details have been released on the status of Liu Xiang's foot injury. Liu had his right foot examined at Huashan Hospital on Tuesday, which was originally scheduled for yesterday.

Neither China's top sports authority or Liu's coach Sun Haiping spoke to the media. The Oriental Morning Post however reported that details of Liu's progress would be released next week.

Liu had a surgery on his Achilles tendon in December last year in Houston after the Athens Olympic gold medalist limped out from the Beijing Games in August. His coach Sun had said late last year that Liu was expected to make full recovery in six months.


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