Last Friday’s game for the Houston Aeros was not only difficult to swallow giving they lost to the Oklahoma City Barons but they also lost two of their young stars to injury.
Mikael Granlund has been diagnosed with a lateral ankle sprain and according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo he’ll miss two to four weeks. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is optimistic about the injury as he feels Granlund should be able to return to game action in a relatively short period of time despite having to wear a walking boot at the moment.
“It’s relatively good news. It’s not a knee or high ankle sprain or anything like that. It’s a common ankle sprain.”
Russo states that Granlund is questionable to play in the Aeros game scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Xcel Energy Center.
Defencemen, Jonas Brodin is a little worse off than Granlund. Brodin broke his clavicle after receiving a controversial hit from Taylor Hall, late in the game and as a result the 2011 first round draft pick had to undergo surgery on Tuesday and reports are that the procedure went well.
Brodin, who returned to Minnesota to be evaluated by team doctors, will be out two to three months meaning his chances of playing with the Wild this season a long shot, if the NHL and NHLPA are able to hammer out a new CBA in the next week or so. There is still the option of a late season callup for Brodin, but having him spend the remainder of the year in Houston might be the best place for him.
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