Victor Oladipo Injury: Updates on Magic Star's Face and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2014

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Updates from Friday, Nov. 14

Josh Robbins of the Orlando SentinelΒ has an update on Victor Oladipo's playing status:

The Magic previously reported he had been cleared by doctors:

Updates from Saturday, Oct. 25

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has an update on Victor Oladipo's timetable for return:

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The Orlando Magic will be without guard Victor Oladipo for an unknown period of time after he suffered a facial fracture in practice that requires surgery.

Orlando provided further details from general manager Rob Hennigan on its official site:

Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.

Oladipo, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, will undergo a corrective surgical procedure on Saturday. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

Oladipo was the second overall pick in last year's NBA draft. He averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while playing in 80 contests as a rookie. The Magic were hoping he'd take on an even bigger role this season following the exit of Arron Afflalo.

According to James Herbert ofΒ CBSSports.com, Oladipo's injury will force rookie point guard Elfrid Payton and shooting guard Evan Fournier to "have more playmaking responsibility."

It's unclear at this stage how much time the guard may miss. He was already sidelined with an MCL injury that prevented him from appearing in any preseason contests. It's obviously a frustrating start ahead of what could be a breakout season.

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