Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid suffered an orbital fracture that requires surgery and concussion, the Sixers said Thursday.
An operation to treat the orbital fracture in his left eye will be performed by the team in the coming days
Zach Lowe of ESPN reports that Embiid could return in 2-4 weeks, pending the results of the surgery. The 76ers have a place in the playoffs, which start on April 14th.
Embiid suffered injuries Wednesday night in a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz during the Sixers 118-101 victory over the New York Knicks.
He was first evaluated in the locker room and later taken to Jefferson Hospital for further evaluation and testing.
Immediately after the injury, Embiid used the NABO device to assess the vibrations of the dressing room. Later, however, he began to feel symptoms. He was included in the concussion protocol of the NBA.
Embiid was released from hospital on Thursday, but will not travel to Atlanta with the team to play against the Hawks on Friday, the Sixers said.
Fultz drove onto the basket 20 seconds later into the second quarter as he collided with Embiid, who instantly hit the ground.
Embiid remained grounded before he was eventually supported by Philadelphia coach. Fultz was not injured in the game.