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Sixers star Joel Embiid will miss at least 2 games with a sprained foot

Sixers star Joel Embiid will miss at least 2 games with a sprained foot

Joel Embiid will miss at least two games with a foot injury. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid will miss at least two games with a sprained mid-left foot, the team announced Monday. The five-time NBA All-Star’s status will be re-evaluated in the coming days.

The Sixers were already without James Harden (right foot sprain) i Tyrese Maxey (left foot fracture) going into a home game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, when Philadelphia is expected to host an asset Ben Simmons for the first time since then he held on and forced a trade of the team last season.

Embiid has also been ruled out for Wednesday’s first leg game against the Charlotte Hornets. The 76ers plan to visit the Orlando Magic for the games on Friday and Sunday. Whether Embiid travels with his team Tuesday to begin a three-game road trip could reveal more about the severity of his injury.

Embiid played 36 minutes, including the final 9:40 of the fourth quarter, in Saturday’s 112-109 loss The Minnesota Timberwolves. He appeared to suffer the injury with 5:33 left in the game, as a teammate George Niang collided with the Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns on an offensive foul and rolled to Embiid. Embiid fell to the floor and clutched his left foot in pain, but ultimately sat through the rest of the game.

Embiid is averaging 32.3 points (on 27/52/84 shooting), 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 blocks in 35.4 minutes per game this season, establishing himself as a serious MVP candidate for the third straight year.

The biggest obstacle to his pursuit of an MVP trophy has been his health. Embiid has never played more than 68 games in a season since the Sixers selected him No. 3 overall in the 2014 draft. He missed his first two years with a broken right foot and the last half of his third season with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Back, ankle, knee and orbit injuries have prevented him from playing full seasons for the past five years.

The average number of games missed due to a midfoot sprain is 11, by Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes.

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Ben Rohrbach is a staff writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have a tip? Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach





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