Stoudemire set to be on the sidelines for up to 6 weeks.
The New York Knicks have been dealt a blow to their hopes this season after news that Amar’e Stoudemire will undergo knee surgery ruling him out for up to six week, reports the New York Daily News.
Having stepped up his recovery from a knee injury which ruled him out of the first two months of the season, Stoudemire had been enjoying increased minutes in recent weeks.
The 30-year-old had become a big presence off the bench, and with more time on the court his productivity was helping the Knicks add a new dimension to their game.
However, he will have a right knee debridement next week which will ultimately end his regular season and see him to struggle to return to fitness in time for the play-offs.
With Carmelo Anthony also currently out with a knee complaint, the Knicks will be worried over the forthcoming weeks as to how the duo’s absence will effect their seeding.
Coach Mike Woodson has relied on the likes of J.R. Smith and Steve Novak to come to the rescue of the team in the last two games, but they will sorely miss Anthony and Stoudemire as they reach the final stretch of the regular season.
The veteran was averaging 14.2 points on .577 shooting for the season despite only playing 23.5 minutes per game.
Knicks fans will be hoping for a swift return for Anthony, as they look to avoid seeing a season which started so promisingly fade away.