'Nobody should be worried that his foot is not healing'

Injured Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons.
Injured Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons. Chris Szagola

PHILADELPHIA 76ers coach Brett Brown insists Ben Simmons is "moving along fine” in his injury recovery, despite mystery still surrounding a possible return date.

Australian prodigy Simmons is still awaiting his NBA debut having suffered a foot fracture during a Sixers workout on the final day of training camp.

The 20-year-old, who had surgery in October, started shooting at training without his protective boot last month and Brown suggests he'll be further integrated into training in the coming days and weeks.

"I can tell everybody he's moving along just fine,” Brown said on Monday.

"It's still obviously not to the point where he's on a floor practising, but nobody should be worried that his foot is not healing.”

Some experts initially predicted Simmons could return in late December, while others feared the injury could keep him out for the entire season, but the 76ers did not set a return date for Simmons.

Brown's latest comments suggest the club remains hopeful of having the Australian fit to make his debut this month - but it's clear he won't be rushed.

"It's a three-pronged attack,” Brown said of Simmons' recovery process.

"One is just normal health and recovery with a physiotherapist, and nutritions and diets and those types of exercises to get his foot healthy.

"The other part is the breakdown of his shot, form shooting, going from in a wheely thing ... to being on one foot, the growth of that.

"And the final thing is just him with me ... he's been with (me) a lot in the classroom.”

"You're going to start seeing him being integrated more and more now that this new year is upon us.”


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