Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was forced to sit out of training on Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury in the defeat of Utah Jazz and is now a doubt for the encounter with Indiana Pacers later this week.

James went over on his ankle when attempting a move on Brandon Rush during the 117-94 win on Monday, which forced him off the court during the third quarter.

The four-time NBA MVP did return for the fourth period and ended the game with 30 points - the most for the Heat - nine rebounds and nine assists, but the soreness on his left ankle resulted in a missed training session ahead of the Pacers match.

"He's getting a lot of treatment today and a lot of rest," head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

James himself is unsure how long this complaint will keep him out of action for and was not willing to be so assertive as to declare his fitness with the Pacers on the horizon.

The 28-year-old did, however, say that he will manage the injury the best way he can and not rush himself back into action unnecessarily soon.

"It's a little sore. I'm getting around-the-clock treatment and we'll play it by ear," James explained.

"We're a long term team and I'm a long term player. I'm going to try and police myself with this (ankle)."

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