Embiid, who was drafted third overall last year by the 76ers, will need surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss the entire 2015-16 season, the team confirmed Saturday night.
The former Kansas star had surgery last summer to repair a broken navicular bone in his foot but will need to have a second surgery after hitting a setback in his recovery. The 76ers said he Embiid will undergo a bone graft procedure on his foot.
Philadelphia General Manager Sam Hinkie said the team carefully considered Embiid's options before making a decision about a second surgery.
"We have been consistent in our philosophy that our focus will be Joel's long-term health and wellness to ensure he will have a long and impactful career in the NBA," 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie said in a statement.
“There was careful consideration given to a number of options related to this particular situation,” Hinkie continued. “A collective decision has been made that the best approach to promote full healing would be to proceed with a bone graft of the fracture site. We anticipate the procedure will take place in the next 7-10 days and result in Joel missing the upcoming season.”
Embiid, a 7-foot center from Cameroon, averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Kansas in 2013-14.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.