Microfracture surgery is a potential option for Eric Gordon, reports ESPN.com. The New Orleans Hornets guard was ruled out indefinitely with a right knee injury prior to the team's season-opener against the San Antonio Spurs, a 99-95 loss.
An MRI earlier in the week revealed damage to Gordon's right knee, though it was unclear the extent of that damage. On Thursday, Gordon said that it was not structural:
"Nothing structural. There has been a little bit of soreness and swelling. I'm always listening to the doctors and they've told me there is swelling, but obviously I can tell myself that there has been a little bit of swelling.
He is expected to seek insight from a knee specialist, and from there formulate a plan that may include surgery. It may turn out not to be necessary, if rest and rehabilitation will deal with the injury on an acceptable time frame.
Gordon missed almost the entirety of the 2011-2012 season with an injury to the same knee. Microfracture surgery was discussed at the time, but Gordon opted for a lesser procedure, having arthroscopic surgery in February.
Gordon came to New Orleans 2011 as part of the Chris Paul trade and signed a four-year, $58 million contract with the Hornets in the offseason.