Houston Rocket center Akeem Olajuwon will be sidelined for at least a month after suffering a fracture behind his right eye.
General Manager Steve Patterson said Friday that Olajuwon has a "blowout fracture of the floor and the medial wall of the right orbit which houses the eyeball" as a result of an elbow thrown by Bill Cartwright of the Chicago Bulls in Thursday night's game at Houston.
Patterson said he hopes Olajuwon will be back in time for the All-Star game in mid-February.
Team physician Charles Baker said no surgery is anticipated. He said Olajuwon needs complete rest for the fracture to heal.
Ophthalmologist Robert B. Gillett, who was among a team of physicians examining Olajuwon Friday morning, found no permanent damage to the right eye. He said Olajuwon did not suffer any visual impairment.
Patterson said Olajuwon was resting at home Friday. Olajuwon's eye remains swollen, but he is able to see out of it, he said.