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Sixers big man Joel Embiid is seen practicing with full contact in Toronto as he nears a return from injury after damaging his meniscus last month

  • Embiid hurt his meniscus when Jonathan Kuminga fell on his knee
  • It’s unclear when he will return, but the team believes he will be back before the playoffs
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Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid was spotted practicing with his team in Toronto while rehabbing a meniscus injury.

Embiid was spotted participating in drills and can now practice with full contact, according to reports.

A Philadelphia sportscaster said, “He’s getting close. There is some hope he can return this week.”

Embiid has been out of action since early February after colliding with Golden State Warriors big man Jonathan Kuminga.

Kuminga dove for a loose ball and fell on Embiid’s knee, injuring him and sidelining him for several games.

Video showed Sixers big man Joel Embiid practicing with the team in Toronto

Embiid has been out with an injury since February after hurting his meniscus against the Warriors

Embiid has been out with an injury since February after hurting his meniscus against the Warriors

His hopes of winning back-to-back MVPs are dashed after missing too many games

His hopes of winning back-to-back MVPs are dashed after missing too many games

It’s unclear when Embiid will play again, but coach Nick Nurse believes it could be before the end of the regular season.

“That’s always positive for the team, seeing him,” the nurse said. “And they know he has to move forward.”

Embiid’s hopes of winning back-to-back MVP awards are now largely over – given the new minimum games played requirements to be eligible for the honor.

But instead, he hopes to lead the Sixers to success in the playoffs.

Philly has been to the NBA Playoffs six years in a row and has never reached the Eastern Conference Finals. That includes three trips to the conference semifinals, where the Sixers lost in seven games, once where they lost in six games, and once where they lost in five.

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