Joel Embiid Returns To Action After Two-Month Absence

6:05pm: Embiid is in the starting lineup, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets.

5:02pm: Sixers center Joel Embiid is expected to return tonight against the Thunder, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.

Embiid will be making his first appearance since Jan. 30 after undergoing knee surgery.

He was originally ruled out for Tuesday’s game but was upgraded to questionable earlier today. Embiid has been able to participate in numerous five-on-five scrimmages during the past week without any ill effects to his left knee.

The reigning MVP has been sidelined since January 30 when Jonathan Kuminga fell on his leg in a game at Golden State. He underwent surgery on February 6 and was given a one- to two-month prognosis to return.

Prior to the injury, Embiid was posting big stats across the board — 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. His return, barring a setback, gives Philadelphia renewed hope for a postseason run.

Without him, the Sixers have slipped to eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They are 2.5 games behind Indiana for the sixth spot, which would allow the Sixers to avoid the play-in tournament.

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