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Getzlaf Undergoes Surgery, Plus Injury Updates to Fowler and Kesler

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray gave injury updates to Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler, as well as an update on Ryan Kesler earlier today during the team's morning skate at Honda Center.

Murray said Getzlaf had surgery yesterday to repair a fracture to his zygomatic bone (cheek) and recovery could be up to two months. Murray said screws were put in to fix a displacement. The 32-year-old center will have to wear a shield "for a while" once he returns to the lineup. Getzlaf was injured during his first shift in a game on October 29 against the Carolina Hurricanes and has missed the past three games.

As for Fowler, who suffered a knee injury on October 20 against the Montreal Canadiens, Murray said his timeframe remains six weeks from the time of the injury. "He's doing lateral movement in the gym," Murray said. "He's reponded much better to this one than the one last year which is amazing because they thought this was worse. He's coming along really, really well."

Murray said Kesler's return date still remains sometime around Christmas, but hopes it's sooner. Kesler underwent hip surgery on June 8 to remove several pieces of floating hip capsule. "He's skating much harder now," Murray said. "He's had to learn his stride all over again, to be quite honest. For a couple years, he's been, for a lack of a better word, short-striding it. You could see he wasn't pushing. He has to learn to lengthen his stride again and get the muscles back."

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