The Pistons have provided an answer -- of sorts -- for the right ankle injury that has limited forward Charlie Villanueva to two games this season.

Shortly before Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Palace, the Pistons issued this news release that essentially amounted to Villanueva suffering from tendinitis and bone spurs.

"Following repeated imaging studies as well as multiple consultations from foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons," the release stated, "it has been determined that Charlie Villanueva's right ankle soreness can be attributed to a resolving posterior tibial tenosynovitis with small talotibal spurs.

"A few weeks of partial ankle immobilization have been recommended in an attempt to alleviate the soreness and discomfort."

Villanueva received a second opinion last week. Shortly before the statement was issued, coach Lawrence Frank spoke to reporters and defended Villanueva's slow recovery.