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Robert Williams not expected to return before All-Star break

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The Celtics won’t have Williams available for at least another month.

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This year was supposed to be a breakout season for second-year center Robert Williams, but as of now, it’s been marred by injury.

According to Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Williams is unlikely to return to action before the All-Star break as he recovers from a left hip edema that has kept him sidelined since Dec. 12. Williams is currently in the middle of a 3- to 4-week workup program that started at the beginning of the month and he will be re-evaluated at the end of that timetable to see when he can come back.

“We’re hopeful that it’s soon thereafter,” Stevens said. “I don’t anticipate anything before All-Star break. We were hopeful in the last scan, but also very cautious with his recovery.”

After playing in just 32 games in his rookie season, Williams was poised for a much bigger workload this year. The 6-foot-8 big man out of Texas A&M played in 19 of Boston’s first 21 games, averaging 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks before suffering the injury.

The NBA All-Star break is from Feb. 14-16. The Celtics first game back from the mini hiatus is Feb. 21 on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and that could also be a return date for Williams.