New York Knicks guard JR Smith has been ruled out for between three and four months, after undergoing surgery on his patella tendon and anthroscopy on his left knee, ESPN have reported.
The operation will force him to miss the team's open training camp in September, and the recovery will take between 12 and 16 weeks.
His injuries are said to have worsened, and he was treated at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by the team's orthopedist.
He could next be fit to play in either October or November for the Knicks, in the opening stages of the 2013-14 season.
The 27-year-old is said to have felt the injury during the play-offs at the back end of last season, on the way towards helping the team win the NBA’s Atlantic division title.
His injury setback comes just a week after the Knicks re-signed him, and he had career-best figures in average points (18.1), rebounds (5.3) and minutes (33.5) per game last season.
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