Zion Williamson could be out for up to two months after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
It was reported last week that Williamson had suffered a “severe” injury in his right knee, although there was some hope that he would still be able to play some part in the opening few weeks of the campaign.
It is believed he picked up the injury in the preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs, where he finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
At the time of their final preseason game against the New York Knicks, the Pelicans released a statement saying he would not feature due to ‘right knee soreness’.
But it appears the injury was severe enough for Williamson and the team to take the decision for him to undergo surgery.
“Zion Williamson underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to address a torn right lateral meniscus,” a Pelicans statement read.
“The routine debridement was performed by Dr. Jason Folk with assistance from Team Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Misty Suri.
“The timetable for his full return to play is estimated at six to eight weeks.”
The surgery was to repair torn meniscus in his right knee, and that could keep him out of action for two months.
The fear for New Orleans was undoubtedly the fact the injury was on the same knee in which he suffered a Grade 1 sprain in a freak accident during Duke’s match against North Carolina.
The teenager landed awkwardly clutching his leg just 30 seconds into the game after he busted his shoe during a move to the basket.
The injury would keep him out for three weeks, only to return for Duke’s ACC tournament run where he quickly got back up to speed.