The Penguins have been hit with another injury. The Injury Bug is back.
This time, the Bug has claimed Sidney Crosby.
The Penguins announced earlier that their Captain will be out at least 6 weeks following surgery to repair a core muscle. Crosby has been out since November 9th, during a game against Chicago where an awkward fall and a blocked shot worsened the injury. In the first 17 games of the season, Crosby has 5 goals and 12 assists and was averaging 20:32 per game.
The whole time Sid has been on this great start, he was dealing with the sports hernia. Rob Rossi confirmed in this Athletic article, that Crosby has been dealing with this hernia since training camp. Sid decided against surgery at first after the team lost Evgeni Malkin to injury early in the season.
It comes as 0 surprises to anyone that Crosby can perform at a level out of this world, injured or healthy.
The procedure takes between 4-6 weeks to recover from and Crosby should take his time recovering, even if it means missing a few games here or there. He’s 32 now and rebounding doesn’t happen as far. It’s better to have a fully healed Sid then things going wrong and the injury being reaggravated.
This will be a test for the Penguins but they have battled through a few of those this season when dealing with major injuries. If all goes according to plan, Sid should be back around Christmas but for now, I’m hoping he has a full and speedy recovery.
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