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Blues captain Eric Brewer to have back surgery; out indefinitely @NHL

ST. LOUIS - Blues captain Eric Brewer will undergo back surgery on Friday and will be out the team's lineup indefinitely, the club announced Thursday.

The St. Louis blue-liner will have surgery on a herniated disc.

The surgery - scheduled for Friday - will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

The 29-year-old Brewer missed the previous two games. He has one goal, five assists and a minus-14 rating in 28 games.

Brewer was named captain midway through last season. He's in the third year of a four-year, US$17-million contract.

The Blues have lost two defencemen this week. Jay McKee is expected to miss between four and six weeks with a broken left ring finger sustained in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Flames.

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