by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Phoenix Suns announced today that Eric Bledsoe underwent successful arthroscopic right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Reports began to surface on Thursday that Bledsoe would go under the knife, and be out indefinitely, but the Suns left open the possibility of a return to action later on this season.

From the press release:

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe today underwent successful arthroscopic surgery involving meniscus cartilage in his right knee, the team has announced.

The surgery was performed in Phoenix by renowned Suns team doctor and knee surgeon Thomas Carter. Bledsoe will immediately begin a recovery and rehabilitation program and will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season.

This is the rising star’s second operation on the same knee since 2011. Bledsoe, 24, has been on the sidelines the last four games, after hurting the knee on Dec.30 while playing against his former team, the LA Clippers.

Phoenix has defied everyone’s expectations of a tank job this season; instead posting an impressive 21-13 record. The team has gone 5-5 without Bledsoe in the lineup.

Eric Bledsoe was putting up averages of 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his first 24 games with the Suns. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.