The Philadelphia 76ers lost their All-Star center Joel Embiid after he left their game Wednesday night due to an orbital fracture.
The former Kansas Jayhawk also had a concussion, the Sixers said Thursday. The team also said that the surgery to fix the oribital fracture in his left eye will happen within the next couple of days.
ESPN‘s Zach Lowe reported that, based on the results of the surgery, Embiid could be back in two to four weeks. Philadelphia locked a spot in the playoffs, which start April 14.
Embiid went on Twitter later Thursday to tell supporters he’s already set his sights on returning to action.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 30, 2018
Embiid was hurt Wednesday night in a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz during the Sixers’ 118-101 win over the New York Knicks.
He was first evaluated in the locker room and later taken to Jefferson Hospital for further testing.
Immediately after the injury, Embiid passed the NBA’s locker room concussion assessment tool. However, he later showed other symptoms. He has been put in the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Embiid left the hospital Thursday but will not travel with the team to Atlanta for Friday’s game against the Hawks, according to the Sixers.
Embiid remained on the floor after the collision, before finally being helped by Philadelphia’s trainer. Fultz was not injured on the play.