Philadelphia 76ers will have to deal without centre Joel Embiid for the rest of the NBA season due to injury.
The 21-year-old broke the navicular bone in his foot last year and had surgery to correct the problem, but in June this year Embiid suffered a setback in his recovery after a CT scan revealed less healing than anticipated. He has since had to undergo a second surgery that will keep him out of action for the rest of this season.
Sam Hinkie, the general manager and president of basketball operations for the 76ers, confirmed the news to reporters.
"If we all do our part this will end in a way in which Joel can achieve all his dreams for having a really long, really fantastic NBA career," said Hinkie.
"Nobody has talked me off of that just yet. Do we have reason to be concerned? Of course. But no one has told me that's still not in the cards."