76ers star Joel Embed Jan 25, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers find themselves right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture over halfway through the NBA season, currently holding a 30-18 record. Unfortunately, they will be without star center Joel Embiid for the foreseeable future after reports emerged on how Embiid plans to manage his left meniscus injury.

Embiid sustained the injury at the end of the fourth quarter in their matchup with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Since then, he has been out with what is officially being ruled as a displaced flap of the meniscus in his left knee.

Typically, there are multiple avenues of rehab from a torn meniscus injury depending on the severity of the tear. Unfortunately for 76ers fans, Embiid’s injury appears to be serious enough to require surgery to repair it.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Embiid will be undergoing a procedure this week to repair the meniscus, with no clear timetable at this point for a return. Wojnarowski did add that Embiid will miss “an extended period of time.”

76ers fans already knew that this injury was going to force Embiid to miss some time. But many are now concerned about the remainder of the season for Embiid and whether or not he will be able to make a full recovery when he does come back.

Considering this is an injury that Embiid has already sustained on his left leg in the past, it makes sense for both Embiid and the 76ers organization to approach this cautiously this time around.

Not only does this injury completely change this 76ers and potentially their postseason hopes as a team, it also completely affects Embiid individually in his change to become a back-to-back MVP this offseason.

The NBA’s new minimum of games played to be eligible to win an MVP award is 65 games. Thus far, Embiid has already missed 14 games, so he appears well on his way to taking his name out of the running for the award thanks to this injury.

As long as Embiid is healthy by the time the postseason comes around, the 76ers will be fine in the long run. That being said, this is a massive blow to their chances of a deep postseason run. And without Embiid, they could certainly be a candidate to struggle for the majority of the second half of the season.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.