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We have some bad news for Philadelphia 76ers fans.
Ben Simmons is set to miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.
The Sixers' championship hopes took a major blow when the Aussie exited the game early against the Washington Wizards after landing awkwardly on his knee - and now the team's worst suspicions were quickly confirmed.
Ben Simmons had his left knee surgery to remove a loose body in Philadelphia today and will remain there for rehab. He's expected to miss the rest of the season.
- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 10, 2020
Scans showed that Simmons had suffered a subluxation (partial dislocation) of the patella in his left knee, meaning he'd have to go under the knife to fix the issue.
The standard recovery time for a proceedure of this type typically varies from several weeks to three months - a time frame which realistically puts a return to action this season out of the picture for the 24-year-old.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted: "Ben Simmons had his left knee surgery to remove a loose body in Philadelphia today and will remain there for rehab. He's expected to miss the rest of the season."
The news of Simmons' surgery comes just 24 hours after Philly big man Joel Embiid went down awkwardly on his ankle during the 76ers' clash against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Team officials now face a nervous wait to see whether Embiid's injury will leave him sidelined indefinitely like his Aussie colleague.
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