Forward Ilya Kovalchuk has undergone an ankle bursectomy procedure and is expected to miss “about” four weeks, as shared by the LA Kings on Sunday.
Bursa sacs – fluid filled sacs that cushion areas of high friction such as joints – are located throughout the body and can become infected.
Kovalchuk, who has five goals and 14 points in 25 games, missed Friday’s game at Calgary with what was noted as an ankle injury by Kings coach Willie Desjardins. After the game, Desjardins added that it was an “infection” rather than any injury that occurred during the game the previous night in Edmonton. “It’s something that flared up,” he said.
Kovalchuk has not been placed on injured reserve and remains on Los Angeles’ active roster, which currently has 22 players, not including Nikita Scherbak, who was claimed off waivers this morning from Montreal, with whom he had been on injured reserve.
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