The Phoenix Suns have been dealt a major blow after it was confirmed that point guard Eric Bledsoe will miss the remainder of the season after he underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.
Bledsoe tore the meniscus in his left knee during his side’s 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
The Suns confirmed that Bledsoe would miss the rest of the season in a brief news release and added that the 26-year-old’s “prognosis is for a return to full playing status for the start of training camp next fall”.
"I've had a meniscus done," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters on Tuesday. "They can either repair it or cut it out. Repairing is probably the best thing to happen. You're out longer but it's the best thing for your joint and knee."
This is not the first time Bledsoe has torn his meniscus as he suffered the same injury in his right knee during the 2013/14 season, which forced him to miss 33 games.
Bledsoe played 31 games this season and averaged a career-high 20.4 points, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals. He also grabbed 4.0 rebounds and shot 45.3 per cent from the field.