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Wild star Gaborik to undergo hip surgery

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Minnesota Wild star Marian Gaborik will have surgery on his injured left hip on Monday and is expected to be out for about 10 weeks.

Gaborik's injury is a "deficiency" in his hip that has caused his chronic left groin pain, the team said on Friday.

The last original member of the Wild has missed 30 of 36 games this season. Since the league lockout in 2005, the winger has missed 86 games because of upper-leg injuries.

Gaborik had a similar procedure on his right hip last summer, and then had what the team thought were more groin problems at the start of this year. He met on Dec. 24 with the same doctor who performed the right hip surgery and elected to have the procedure done on his left side.

General manager Doug Risebrough said Gaborik could have tried to play through the pain, but wouldn't have been at 100 percent.

"I'm disappointed he won't be here for us through this part of the season, but this is the choice Marian has made," Risebrough said in a conference call.

The situation casts further doubt on Gaborik's future with the team. He is in the final year of his contract and has turned down offers for an extension.

Risebrough declined to comment on Gaborik's long-term status.

"All I'm worried about is just getting him back and hopefully he's able to play," Risebrough said.

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