TORONTO - Hockey star Peter Forsberg left the Swedish national team Monday after suffering a setback with his troublesome right foot during practice, a source told The Canadian Press.
Forsberg, a free agent, has been trying to test out his foot to determine whether or not he'll be able to make a return to the NHL. He planned to represent Sweden at the Nov. 8-11 Karjala Cup in Helsinki but had to pull himself out of Monday's skate.
The 34-year-old's future is now murkier than ever as this latest withdrawal raises doubts on whether his surgically repaired ankles can handle the workload of a 12th NHL season.
Forsberg had practised with Modo in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik for the last few weeks before joining the national team. He's expected to revisit his doctors in North America before deciding on a next step.
Forsberg earned US$5.75 million with Philadelphia and Nashville last season, when he collected 55 points (13-42) in 57 games.
Injuries have plagued him in recent years and he hasn't played more than 60 games in a season since suiting up for 75 contests in 2002-03 with the Colorado Avalanche, when he scored 29 goals with 77 assists.