Sixers’ Embiid reportedly to miss at least two games with facial injury

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on San Antonio Spurs at Wells Fargo Center on January 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Washington (AFP) – Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss at least two games and might have a left orbital fracture after colliding with a teammate, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.

The 76ers have said only that Embiid suffered a facial contusion when teammate Markelle Fultz drove his right shoulder into his face in the first half of Philadelphia’s win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

The Inquirer cited an unnamed source as saying Embiid may have broken his left eye socket.

Although initial tests at the arena didn’t indicate a concussion, Embiid was hospitalized overnight, posting a brief video of himself there on Instagram captioned “Not Good”.

The 76ers were scheduled to travel to Atlanta on Thursday for a Friday game against the Hawks. They face the Hornets in Charlotte on Sunday.

Embiid is averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots and has been a key factor in putting the Sixers back in the playoffs for the fist  return to the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

The 24-year-old from Cameroon was taken third overall in the 2014 draft but missed two full seasons as a result of two foot surgeries before he could get his NBA career underway and played just 31 games last season as a knee injury brought his campaign to an early end.