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Report: Embiid Suffers Setback, City of Philadelphia In Mourning

The exact opposite of good news.

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This is quite the piece of information to bury on a Saturday night.

According to the one and only Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Sixers center Joel Embiid has suffered a setback in recovery from his navicular bone injury.

More from Wojnarowski:

After weeks of rigorous workouts, Embiid had not felt pain in the foot, but a recent CT scan revealed an issue in the healing process, sources said. Philadelphia is consulting with doctors on how to best proceed, and it's still premature to speculate on the possibility of another surgical procedure that could sideline Embiid, sources said.

Embiid had been expected to participate with Sixers' summer league teams in July, but that could jeopardized now, sources said. For now, it is too soon to tell how long Embiid will be kept out.

There's nothing super conclusive about Embiid's health in this report, but obviously this is the last thing Sixers fans want to hear at any point. Embiid reportedly suffered a "setback" in March when he was experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, but returned to working out within a matter of days.

If there are any sort of positives to take out of this situation, it's that he's not in any sort of discomfort like he was back in March. Healing from a navicular bone injury can be a slow, painstaking process, especially when you are seven feet tall.

However, Embiid was expected to participate during summer league, and this will make Sixers fans even more antsy than they already are. At this point, it's probably best to rule Embiid out of any sort of team related activities this summer and hope he can work on getting healed before the season starts in October.

The 21-year-old Cameroonian had surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot on June 20, 2014, and was given an initial recovery timeline of five to eight months.

This is also your friendly reminder that the NBA Draft is just 12 days away, and that you shouldn't have been ruling out the Sixers taking a big man all along. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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