Sidney Crosby had four points in three games after his return from a sprained ankle. ((Mike Carlson/Associated Press))

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby said Friday he'll miss another week of NHL action because of a high-ankle sprain.

Crosby had only recently returned from a 21-game absence because of a sprain in the same ankle. Since his return, he has collected four points in three games, including a two-goal performance in Sunday's 4-2 win in Washington.

"I'm just going to take a week here to give it more time to rest," Crosby said. "It's just one of those nagging things. I know what's coming up in the future, and I want to make sure I give it the best possible chance to be strong."

If Crosby, last year's MVP, ends up sitting out a week, he will miss a home game Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers, a road game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and a home game Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference with 87 points, and is one point behind the New Jersey Devils for the Atlantic Division and conference lead.

Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, N.S., missed Wednesday night's home game against the Buffalo Sabres after experiencing pain in his right ankle during his team's morning skate.

The Penguins are 12-6-4 without Crosby, who has 22 goals and 67 points in 49 games, in the lineup this season.

Marian Hossa (knee injury) said Thursday he is hopeful of playing Sunday against the Flyers.