Report: Nerlens Noel expected to miss 3-5 weeks after knee surgery

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The Philadelphia 76ers are being ravaged by injuries, and the season hasn’t even started yet.

Nerlens Noel is expected to miss three-to-five weeks after undergoing knee surgery on Monday to fix an inflamed plica above his left knee, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

76ers reserve center Nerlens Noel is scheduled to have surgery Monday at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York to address an inflamed plica above his left knee, according to sources.

Dr. Riley Williams will scope the area during a 10-minute procedure. Noel, who’s been sidelined since Oct. 6, is expected to be sidelined an additional three to five weeks. However, he will get a more accurate timeline following the surgery.

The 6-foot-11, 228-pounder’s only game action this preseason came in the Oct. 4 opener against Boston at the University of Massachusetts. He finished that game with six points on 3-for-8 shooting. Noel also finished with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Noel has been the subject of rampant trade rumors, and was also dealing with the Oct. 31 deadline to negotiate a rookie extension or become a restricted free agent next summer.

The talented 22-year-old center averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game last season.

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