(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will be sidelined for the next seven to 10 days in a bid to further strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle, the National Basketball Association team said on Thursday.
Australian Bogut, who broke his ankle in January before being traded to Golden State from Milwaukee in March, has had limited playing time in four of his team's five games this season.
The Warriors had hoped to ease the seven-footer back into action following his March surgery but are now banking on extended rest.
Bogut, the top pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005 draft, is averaging 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season after being limited to 18.3 minutes per game.
Golden State are joint top of the Western Conference Pacific division with the Los Angeles Clippers after making a 3-2 start.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)