New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has suffered another injury setback and is expected to be out of action for 10 to 14 days.
Davis suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain after stepping on the foot of Houston Rockets center Nene in the first quarter of their preseason game in China.
The incident occurred with 6:38 remaining in the quarter, but Davis tried to play through the pain before ultimately coming off the court at the 5:07 mark.
Davis missed a decent portion of the 2015/16 season due to a left knee injury and a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Having sustained yet another injury, the 23-year-old is determined to make a full recovery before returning as he doesn’t want to aggravate the injury.
"When it happened, I thought I just tweaked it and got back up and tried to of course continue to play," Davis said. "And every time I just tried to run and put pressure on it, it was just bothering me. So they ended up getting me out [of] the game.
"We're constantly checking on it every day. When I feel ready and able to get back on the floor, then I'll get back on the floor."
Davis did not participate in the Pelicans’ training session on Friday and instead focused on his rehabilitation. He also did some weight training and light shooting.
The Chicago native admitted that his ankle is still "a little" swollen and, for the past two days, he has been treating it with a "nice, decent amount of compression".
"You can't really do nothing about it; you just try to keep improving every day," he added. "It's definitely tough when you set a goal to play a full season. We'll see how it feels as each day goes on and see when I'm able to get back on the floor."