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Giroux leads list of Flyers injuries

by Adam Kimelman

Three members of the Philadelphia Flyers already have started their rehabilitation from injuries suffered during the 2011-12 season, with a few others scheduled to join them.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced Saturday that All-Star center Claude Giroux (wrists) was one of three players to have recent surgery to repair injuries, with two more to come. Based on recovery timelines provided by the club, all five should be ready when training camp opens in September.

Giroux, who still leads the playoffs in goals and points despite not playing a game in nearly two weeks, had surgery on his right wrist to repair torn cartilage and on his left wrist to remove bone spurs. Recovery time for him is estimated at six weeks.

Giroux had noticeable difficulty taking faceoffs late in the season, but never missed any time.

Also, forward Wayne Simmonds recently had a broken left index repaired and defenseman Matt Carle had surgery to repair a torn stomach muscle. Recovery time is estimated at 4-6 weeks for both. Carle is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent if not signed by July 1.

Two other Flyers will have surgery next week. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen, 37, will have an operation to remove a disc fragment from his lower back, with recovery time estimated at 8-10 weeks. The injury affected Timonen for most of the second half of the season and limited him to just 76 games, the fewest he's played since the 2002-03 season.

Forward James van Riemsdyk will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, with recovery time expected to be six weeks.

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