Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca sidelined by fractured sternum _lowres

New Orleans Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca (42) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets' Corey Brewer (33), Dwight Howard (12) and Josh Smith, right, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Houston. The Rockets won 100-95. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans say 7-foot-2 center Alexis Ajinca will be sidelined indefinitely because of a fractured sternum.

The Pelicans say the diagnosis came after Ajinca had an MRI before Thursday night’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Ajinca was injured during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s loss at Houston.

A French national now in his sixth year in the NBA, Ajinca has played in 47 games this season with nine starts, averaging of 4.4 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Ajinca’s injury comes with 7-foot center Omer Asik, a starter, out with a right ankle sprain.

The Pelicans also have lost forward Quincy Pondexter (left knee), guard Tyreke Evans (right knee) and guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (right wrist) for the season.