Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday that Eric Bledsoe’s torn left meniscus is expected to keep him out about six weeks. Bledsoe will go under the knife on Tuesday.
Bledsoe suffered the injury in the Suns’ disastrous loss to the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend. The explosive guard has already undergone two surgeries on his right meniscus in his career. The latest operation occurred in the 2013-14 season, and he missed 33 games as a result.
A return six weeks from Tuesday would put Bledsoe out until right before the All-Star break.
This injury comes at a rough time for the Suns, who’ve lost four straight games and six of seven. At just 12-20 on the year, Phoenix has vastly underachieved, leading to the firing of two assistant coaches.
Hornacek could be next if things don’t improve, and the next three games are against the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. Those games would’ve been tough anyway, but now they’ve been made even more difficult thanks to the injury to their leading scorer in Bledsoe.
Rookie Devin Booker will start at the 2 against the Cavaliers on Monday night.