Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki suffered a left groin strain while playing for Team Finland at the World Championships in Latvia on Monday. Below is an update on his condition by Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jim McCrossin on Tuesday morning.
Q: How is Antero Niittymaki? McCrossin: "I spoke with Antero this morning. He had an MRI done on his left groin and we received the report from the Finnish physician. The report shows that Niitty has a four-centimeter tear of his abductor longus muscle, a left groin strain. The good thing about it, is that it is located in the mid-muscle belly area, where it is very vascular and it should heal quickly for us. We are going to bring Niitty back home. He should arrive back in Philadelphia tomorrow (Wednesday) night and will be seen by our team orthopedic doctor, Dr. Bill DeLong at Temple Sports Medicine for further evaluation."
Q: Is this related to the hip surgery he is supposed to have? McCrossin: "No, actually it is on the opposite side. The hip surgery is going to be on the right side and this is on the left side. Speaking with Niitty, he said he felt great before the game and he just went to down to make a routine pad save and he felt something pull in his groin."
Q: Did he immediately leave the game after he felt this pull? McCrossin: "I believe he left immediately afterward."
Q: When is he scheduled to have surgery on his right hip? McCrossin: "It was when he was to get back from Latvia. So, we are in the process right now of contacting Dr. Thomas Byrd down in Nashville, TN, trying to get it all arranged. But first we want to make sure everything is OK with that left groin."
Q: If something is wrong with that groin, will Dr. Byrd repair that, too? McCrossin: "I haven't spoken with Dr. Byrd, but I will hear from him later this morning to see."