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Sixers’ Joel Embiid to undergo surgery after CT scan revealed orbital fracture

Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Thursday afternoon that Joel Embiid will need undergo surgery to repair an orbital fracture of his left eye.

The incredibly talented Cameroonian center has maintained his health all season long, but he suffered a head injury against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. He took the hit from teammate Markelle Fultz on a screen/handoff and was on the ground for a few moments before getting up and walking to the Sixers locker room on his own power albeit looking a little dazed.

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Embiid’s recovery could take between two to four weeks, which would put a return for the start of the playoffs in jeopardy.

Embiid has been amazing for the Sixers this year and is the focal point of their offense. Missing him could easily be the difference between making it deep in the playoffs or a quick first round exit for the Sixers.

Embiid could have potentially played his final game of the 2017-18 regular season, in which he’ll have finished averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field and 30.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc in a total of 63 games.