Foot pain delays Zion Williamson's return to New Orleans Pelicans

METAIRIE, La. – Zion Williamson’s return to the court was delayed due to pain in his surgically repaired right foot, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Thursday afternoon.

Williamson was supposed to participate in his first full practice on Thursday, but he was not due to the pain he has felt in recent days. Although not acute, the pain has persisted. The team does not believe it will be a major problem going forward, but they are proceeding with caution.

“It’s part of the process,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “When you are dealing with injuries and you increase some [actividades], there is a possibility that you can deal with a little pain, like now. “

The most recent test on Nov. 24 showed no additional damage, and the team does not believe it aggravated the injury or sustained a new injury.

Williamson had progressed to 4v4 full court work, but the team will reduce its workload for the next few days. You will return to low-impact work in the hopes that the pain will go away and then work your way back up from there.

“We are very optimistic in that regard,” Green said. “Hopefully the pain will go away in a few days and you can go back to work.”

Green said Williamson was frustrated with the news, but understands that it is part of the process.

“It’s more important to be patient,” Green said. “We’re talking about someone’s career. Every time you’re dealing with that aspect of professional sports, that’s important to remember. This is how we’re looking at this. It’s being diligent to get them back on the court. And that’s a part of what we’re dealing with right now. “

The Pelicans are also trying to be mindful of dealing with the foot injury and not causing any new damage.

“I think that’s most of our desire to go back and re-evaluate where we are,” Green said. “We don’t want to leave our guys on the court and put their careers on the line or in jeopardy. All of our players are too important to do that.”

Williamson has not played a game this season due to a broken right foot. New Orleans is off to a 6-18 start without its All-Star power forward.