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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sixers Injury Update: Joel Embiid's surgeon optimistic about center's future

By on 7/17/2014 05:45:00 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers went into the off season with more questions than answers following a dismal 19-win season, which included a 26-game losing streak. The Sixers have had solid play in the summer league from Nerlens Noel. The hope is that Noel, along with Michael Carter-Williams and this year's first round draft pick Joel Embiid, that the Sixers have something to build upon for the future. Embiid, though, will be out several months following surgery. The good news that Embiid's surgeon is optimistic about his future.

 I reported on June 28 that Embiid, who had a stress fracture in his right foot, underwent surgery and was expected to miss five to eight months. Even though Embiid will miss significant time, his surgeon is upbeat about Embiid's future.

As reported by Mike Sielsk of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Richard Ferkel, who performed the surgery on Embiid, described the nature of the injury and how it will be treated. More importantly, Ferkel, who has performed between 20 and 30 navicular-fracture surgeries, said that Embiid's was far from the worst that he's encountered.
"Once he's fully healed, his chances of having a long career are very good, There's no reason he shouldn't have a great NBA career and be very successful. Once this heals, hopefully this won't be an issue for him in the future."
The recovery process for Embiid will be in stages. He's currently in the middle of a six-week stretching program in which he cannot put weight on his foot. Then he'll start training in a pool and on an antigravity treadmill, followed by a running program.

It's uncertain whether or not Embiid will play during the 2014-2015 season, but Ferkel made is clear that Embiid should be ready to return by late February at the latest, assuming that there are no setbacks in Embiid's recovery.

Embiid sat out the last six games of Kansas' season due to a stress fracture in his back, missing the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. In 28 games last season, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game.

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