Carmelo Anthony Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Knee and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent III

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the first half against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on January 12, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was dealing with a sore left knee that kept him out of the lineup for the past two games. However, he has been cleared to return.

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Anthony Active vs. Suns

Friday, Jan. 29

The Knicks announced that Anthony will play against the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Anthony Experienced Soreness in Surgically Repaired Knee

Anthony suffered a sprained right ankle in the team's win over the Boston Celtics on Jan. 12. Otherwise, he's avoided serious injury issues since sitting out for the second half of the 2014-15 season following knee surgery.

Unfortunately, the soreness Anthony was dealing with affected the same knee that was operated on. The hope is it won't become a lingering issue and that his brief absence from the lineup won't linger into the season.

The Knicks offense can become stagnant at times when Anthony is in the lineup because of his tendency to operate in isolated sets.