|Manu Ginobili is back on the shelf. (Getty Images)|
The San Antonio Spurs will have to make due without guard Manu Ginobili once again.
The Spurs announced on Monday that Ginobili is expected to miss "approximately two weeks" after straining his left oblique muscle during a Saturday night win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Spurs also announced that center Tiago Splitter will miss "approximately two weeks" with a right calf strain. That injury occurred during the win over the Clippers as well.
Ginobili will remain in San Antonio for the remainder of the Spurs' current road trip, which runs until the All-Star break. A two-week absence would only keep him out of six games: road games this week against the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, plus home games the week after the All-Star break against the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats and Denver Nuggets.
Earlier this season, Ginobili missed roughly five weeks after undergoing surgery to repain a broken bone in his left hand. He returned from that injury on Feb. 11 and played in four games, coming off of San Antonio's bench in each, before going down against the Clippers.
The Spurs have been undaunted in Ginobili's absence this season. San Antonio is currently on a 10-game winning streak and boasts a 22-9 record, good for tops in the Southwest Division and No. 2 overall in the Western Conference. They are 15-7 without Ginobili in the lineup.
Ginobili, 34, is averaging 12.1 pooints, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game in 9 appearances this season. He was named to the 2011 All-Star team and All-NBA third team last season.