Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is out at least 6 weeks with a left ankle injury

Mitchell Robinson will be out of center for the Knicks indefinitely with a surgically repaired stress injury in his left ankle.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitchell Robinson suffered a stress injury to his left ankle, becoming the third key player the New York Knicks have lost in their playoff run.

The Knicks said Tuesday that Robinson will be reevaluated in six to eight weeks, essentially ruling him out no matter how far they go in the postseason.

Robinson was the Knicks’ starting center for the first 21 games of the season before requiring ankle surgery and missing 49 games. He returned late in the season to back up Isaiah Hardenstein and played in 10 of the final 11 games, helping the Knicks to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Robinson played a big role in defending Joel Embiid in the first-round win over Philadelphia, but missed Game 4 with an injury during the series.

The 7-footer played just 12 minutes in the Knicks’ Game 1 win over Indiana on Monday, finishing with two points and two rebounds.

The Knicks have already lost All-Star forward Julius Randle and key reserve Bojan Bogdanovic to season-ending injuries. They went with a seven-man rotation at the end of the previous series and played eight Monday, when their reserves were outscored 46-3 by Indiana.

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