The New Orleans Pelicans have experienced a rough start to the season, as they’re without their top player in Zion Williamson. The face of the franchise, he’s missed the entire 2021-22 season to this point with a fractured right foot.
Late last month, the Pelicans announced that Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities. However, it appears he’s hit another setback.
As first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Williamson continues to experience soreness in his right foot and will likely be shut down from basketball activities for the time being.
After having surgery this offseason, Williamson’s foot hasn’t healed the way they wanted it to.
The Pelicans released a medical update with more information on the latest setback.
“After experiencing persistent soreness in his right foot, Zion Williamson underwent medical imaging which showed a regression in the bone healing of his fifth metatarsal. As a result, the volume and intensity of his training will be reduced for an extended period to help allow for further bone healing. Additional updates will be provided as warranted.”
Williamson is one of the most talented young players in the NBA. Last season, he made the NBA All-Star team while averaging 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.