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Knuble Probable to Return This Season

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers right wing to undergo surgery

Voorhees, NJ, February 19) – Flyers right wing Mike Knuble will likely be out for four weeks due to broken bones in his face suffered on Saturday during a game at Madison Square Garden. Knuble collided with the Rangers' Brendan Shanahan and left the game in the third period.

Knuble will be evaluated by Flyers team physician Dr. Guy Lanzi on Monday at the Wachovia Center to determine when he will have surgery.

Below are excerpts from a Q and A with Knuble as well as comments from Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jim McCrossin.

Mike Knuble: "I feel alright. My head is pretty clear and I felt a lot better when I got home on Saturday and slept great Saturday night. Yesterday was a little bit rough, but today has been a much better day. Now, I'm just looking forward to getting on with the surgery and trying to get healthy to play again.

"My teeth are killing me so I can't really chew any food. I've just been having shakes and smoothies and stuff like that. It's just soft food. I can't open very wide."

Jim McCrossin: "He actually is feeling pretty good. Obviously, his teeth are numb and he's a little numb over the fracture because of the swelling.

"We anticipate Mike to be back in four weeks after surgery. He's going to have to wear a full face shield, but he'll be able to come back and play, for sure.

"He's going to have some time off right after surgery to let things calm down, then he's up in the weight room with myself to do conditioning and we'll get him out on the ice in probably two weeks after that and skating and playing in about four weeks."
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