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Esche Out Another Week, Pitkanen Out 4-to-6 Weeks

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin on Monday gave an update on injured Flyers goaltender Robert Esche and defenseman Joni Pitkanen. Esche will be out another week with a slight tear of the abductor tendon, while Pitkanen will be out of action for at least a month with athletic pubalgia (sports hernia) that will require surgery.

Below is a transcript of the Q and A with McCrossin.

Jim McCrossin: "Robert was seen by Dr. Bill Meyers today. Dr. Meyers did rule out a sports hernia. It is strictly with his abductor. Robert was injected today and we're going to hold him out for a period of one more week and he will start skating by the end of the week and hopefully get back to playing by sometime next week."

So, this is not as serious as we thought at first, correct?
"Not at first, correct."

What about Joni Pitkanen?
"Joni was examined by Dr. Meyers today and was diagnosed with athletic pubalgia. What it means is that Joni is going to have surgery and is going to have to have a muscle called a rectus abdominus pulled off of his pubic bone and is going to have surgery on Wednesday to repair that. At the same time, they will do an abductor release. At this point, Joni will be missing anywhere between four to six weeks."

How soon can he start rehabbing?
"Well, he won't be bedridden. What it is with that type of injury, what we normally do is give him a few days just to rest. What we want the athlete to do is start walking. Within a period of four to five days, we will get him up and start his rehab. Usually they start skating at about a three-week point. Until then, it's just doing the rehab."
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