Just as the Pelicans looked like they were closing in on Zion Williamson’s return, it looks like the star forward has suffered a setback.
Williamson has yet to prepare for New Orleans so far this season as he recovers from offseason foot surgery. The team originally announced on November 26 that it had been cleared to participate in full team activities, but days later, it was closed again to basketball activities.
December 16 the Pelicans announced that Williamson would be reevaluated in four to six weeks after receiving an injection in his right foot.
What’s next for Williamson? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he can return to the court.
Timeline of Zion Williamson’s injury
It was revealed during the team’s press day that Williamson underwent surgery to repair a fractured right foot during the offseason. Williamson is said to have suffered the injury prior to the start of the 2021 NBA Summer League.
The Pelicans were initially hopeful that his timeline would “get him back on the court in time for the regular season.”
When could Zion Williamson come back from injury?
The Pelicans announced on Friday, November 26, that Williamson had been cleared to participate in full team activities. They also included a note that Williamson played 4v4 across the court in practice, which seemed like a big step in the right direction for the only All-Star.
Unfortunately, news broke on December 2 that Williamson was experiencing foot pain, delaying his return, and now the team has announced that they have shut it down completely.
“After experiencing persistent pain in her right foot, Zion Williamson underwent medical imaging that showed a regression in bone healing in her fifth metatarsal,” the Pelicans official statement stated on Dec. 11.
“As a result, the volume and intensity of your training will be reduced for an extended period to help allow for further bone healing. Additional updates will be provided as needed.”
On December 16, the franchise announced that “after further consultation and evaluation with Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Orthopedic Institute of Southern California yesterday, Zion Williamson received a biological injection at the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot. “
As a result, Williamson will be limited to low-impact activities for an extended period and will be reassessed in four to six weeks, meaning the next update could arrive in mid-to-late January.
It looks like we’re further away from Williamson’s return than originally expected, and with the Pelicans sitting at the end of the Western Conference, there’s not much of a rush for the young star to get back on the court.
Below you can find the Pelicans schedule for the next few weeks.
|Friday December 17||against Milwaukee||10:00 PM|
|Sunday December 19||in philadelphia||8:00 PM|
|Tuesday December 21||against Portland||8:00 PM|
|Thursday, December 23||in orlando||7:00 PM|
|Sunday December 26||in oklahoma city||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday, December 28||against Cleveland||8:00 PM|
|Saturday january 1||in Milwaukee||6:30 PM|
|Monday January 3||against Utah||8:00 PM|
|Tuesday, january 4||against Phoenix||8:00 PM|
|Thursday 6th January||against Golden State||8:00 PM|
Zion Williamson’s Injury History
Williamson, chosen number one in the 2019 NBA Draft, was limited to 24 games in his rookie season after he underwent surgery to repair it. a torn right lateral meniscus.
Williamson appeared in 61 of 72 possible games in his second season and won the first All-Star pick of his career with averages of 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He missed the last seven games of the season with a fractured left ring finger.