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Forsberg Gets Good News

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers center and leading scorer Peter Forsberg on Tuesday traveled to Duke University to see a groin specialist. It was determined that he has a groin strain and nothing further, and he may begin skating again by this weekend. There is still no timetable for his return, and he still plans on representing Sweden in the Olympics barring any further injury.

Below are comments regarding the injury by Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin, as well as Forsberg.

What happened today?
Jim McCrossin: "Peter was evaluated by Dr. William Garrett at Duke University. Dr. Garrett diagnosed Peter with a groin strain."

How significant of an injury is this?
JM: "Well, it's a groin strain. He gave Peter permission to go ahead and start skating on a skating program after we strengthen it up and get some more flexibility in his legs. Hopefully, by the end of this week, Peter will be skating."

Is there a timetable on his return?
JM: "No, not at this time. There is no timetable. We're going to get him back when he's ready to get back and make sure that everything is functioning right. Dr. Garrett believes that it's going to heal up nicely and be 100 percent shortly."

How are you feeling?
Peter Forsberg: "I'm very, very pleased with the results. We got down here to get a second opinion and to make sure nothing else is going on with these groin strains, and there's nothing else going on. It feels good that I can get back and start skating again."

Do you know when you will start skating again?
PF: "No, we'll see. We don't know exactly when I'm going to get back to skating but it's not going to be too long, maybe this weekend or maybe before that. We'll do some exercises and see how it feels. Maybe in a couple days, I would say."

Do you still plan on playing in the Olympics?
PF: "We came down here and if there was anything else going on then I might be in trouble, but now everything seems to be fine. If I feel healthy and I feel good until the Olympics and everything feels fine, and if I don't re-injure it or nothing like that, then there should be no problem going over and playing in the Olympics."
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