New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony believes surgery on his troublesome left knee is inevitable.
Anthony has not played for the struggling Knicks since December 31 due to the problem.
The former Denver Nuggets star plans to put off going under the knife for as long as possible, but admits he can only put off the inevitable for so long.
"I'm pretty sure at some point that's [surgery] going to be my only option," Anthony told The New York Daily News.
"But until that time I can't sit out, I don't feel like, you know, as a person I can't let my team down out there. I feel like if I can go out there and play some more and continue to play then I"m going to do that.
"I'm pretty sure there will come a time where I have to make that decision to sit out and take the proper procedure and get what I need to be done."
Anthony has noted soreness in his knee since the second game of the season and has missed 10 games.
Anthony will be travelling with the Knicks to London, where they will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
He participated in a limited practice on Monday, but is unsure on whether he will feature.
"I'm not just trying to go through this programme just to play in London and then sit out," he added. "No, once I'm back playing, I'm back playing."
Derek Fisher's Knicks have endured a miserable season in NBA and they head into their contest with the Bucks with a 5-35 record.