LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers said he is in pain “internally and externally” after suffering an injury to his right ankle on Saturday that will sideline him, but he vowed to return soon.
James grabbed his ankle and rolled on the floor in pain after colliding with Atlanta’s Solomon Hill while struggling for a loose ball during the second quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Hawks.
The 36-year-old MVP candidate has been diagnosed with a sprain of his right ankle and will be out indefinitely, The Athletic reported.
“Nothing annoys and saddens me more than not being available for and for my teammates!” James wrote on Twitter.
“I am injured internally and externally at the moment. The road back from recovery begins now. I’m back soon as if I’ve never been away.”
The defending champion Lakers (28-14) are in third place in the Western Conference with about two months to play in the regular season.
James joins the Lakers’ injury list, which includes center Anthony Davis, who suffered an Achilles tendon strain on February 16 and is yet to return.