New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss four to six weeks with a slight non-displaced fracture in his right fibula, the team announced Wednesday.
Chandler was injured during the first quarter of Tuesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats when he collided with Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker.
Tests on Wednesday revealed the fracture. The team said no surgery would be needed and that there was no ligament or nerve damage in the leg.
The loss of Chandler, the NBA 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, leaves a void in the middle of the Knicks' lineup that could be filled by plugging in Andrea Bargnani or Amar'e Stoudemire. If Chandler's recovery lasts six weeks, he could miss up to 25 games.
The 31-year-old Chandler is averaging 7.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in four games this season for the Knicks, who have struggled to a 1-3 start.