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Injured Swedes show improvement

Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

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Injured Swedes show improvement

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It was good news for a pair of Sweden players injured Monday during the second period of the team's 4-3 defeat of USA Blue.

Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg reported that forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Sebastian Collberg were feeling better Tuesday. However, neither player was on the ice for the team's optional on-ice practice, and Gronborg said both likely will would sit out Wednesday against Finland.

Sundqvist collided with the metal stanchion at the end of the Sweden bench near the end of the second period, but Gronborg said the Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick was feeling better Tuesday.

"Oskar feels pretty good," Gronborg told "A little sore in his neck [but] no headaches. But we have to be cautious when it comes to that type of hit. We're just going to take it day by and day and go by the protocol when it comes to injuries like that."

Gronborg added that Sundqvist definitely would not be in the lineup Wednesday.

Collberg, a Montreal Canadiens prospect who scored a pair of first-period power-play goals Monday, twisted his right knee earlier in the second and did not return to the game. Like Sundqvist, though, Gronborg said the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

"Collberg's also pretty good news," Gronborg said. "Not much swelling. There's some type of injury in there, but we don't know the extent of it. We have to wait a little bit longer. He's probably not going to play [Wednesday]. We'll go day by day here [but] so far for him it looks pretty good."


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