Worries over Joel Embiid hand injury ahead of NBA London

Joel Embiid (Photo: http://www.sportingnews.com)

The Philadelphia 76ers will not be ‘polishing up’ centre Joel Embiid ahead of NBA London, as injury worries surround his trip to the UK.

Embiid has a well-documented injury history, but the Cameroonian added yet another body part to his lengthy list of concerns last week, hurting his right hand during the 76ers win over Phoenix.

X-rays have confirmed that there is no broken bone in the hand, but following the injury there are concerns over whether he’ll be 100% healthy in London next week.

Reports suggest that Embiid is still struggling with the hand, with Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reporting that the problem continued to persist ahead of the clash with San Antonio – which Embiid was originally ruled out of, but then decided to play following a warm up.

76ers coach Brett Brown confirmed that the centre was still struggling with the injury, and that he is not being polished up for NBA London.

“You just see the pain he’s in when he touches [the ball with his hand].” he told Moore.

“If he’s good to go, then he’s good to go. [We’re] not polishing him up for London”

Embiid himself sounded downbeat when discussing the state of the injury ahead of the game with San Antonio, and admitted that it’s just a matter of waiting until the hand feels better before he can feel 100%.

“It sucks. It’s just the nature of the business.” he said.

“If it feels better, the doctor says I can play.”

The 76ers star had previously stated that he thought it would be fine immediately following the game in which he picked up the issue.

The worrisome problem is threatening to add to the injury issues that could well rob UK based fans of the chance to see Markelle Fultz in action.

The rookie point guard has been out of action since October with a shoulder injury, and has now returned to practices with the 76ers – but there is still no timetable on his return.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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