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Bobrovsky will take time with injury
25 2016 . By Aaron Portzline The Columbus Dispatch

BOSTON Sergei Bobrovskys latest groin injury is his third this season, all on the left side and all in the same area of the muscle. Its a small strain, according to Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.

But the concerns created by Bobrovskys chronic leg injuries are massive.

When the Blue Jackets play host to the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Nationwide Arena, Bobrovsky will miss his 45th game because of a groin injury since the start of the 2013-14 season.

He was injured midway through Thursdays home loss to the Calgary Flames, and is out indefinitely.

Its tough to put this in words, because Ive been assured that there was no way he came back too early either time, Kekalainen said. He was fully healed, with full strength, full range of motion ... everything was back to normal.

In everybodys mind who has worked with him, he was not coming back too early at all.

The good news yes, there is good news in this situation is that Bobrovskys last two groin strains have been much milder than the initial injury on Dec. 8, when he left a game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The aggravation he suffered just after Christmas, and the one last week, were both relatively small, Kekalainen said.

Its highly unlikely Bobrovsky will miss the rest of the season.

I dont see any reason why that would be the case, Kekalainen said. This is not a ... if you have a major tear, youre out six to eight weeks. This is not a major tear.

But obviously now that theres been a little tear twice now, after his bigger one, were going to make sure.

Groin injuries are tricky, especially for pro athletes and especially for goaltenders.

Is it healed to walk around? Healed to stretch? Healed to skate? Or healed to do these crazy things that goaltenders do? said Dr. Randy Wroble, a orthopedic surgeon for OhioHealth.

Wroble once served as a Blue Jackets team doctor, but he no longer works for the club and has not treated Bobrovsky. Therefore, he could not speak specifically about his case.

But even chronic groin injuries can be overcome, Wroble said.

With good treatment, with him being a young kid (27), with a lot of people helping him smart people helping him he can get past this, Wroble said. Itll take longer than it did before. Theyll take the time they need.

But for an injury like this, there can absolutely be an end point and then he gets on with his career. Theres certainly no reason to think this is going to end his career.

A concern, Wroble said, is if the scar tissue forms where muscle fibers have torn in previous strains.

Thats not as pliant as normal tissue, and that becomes the area where it gets injured again, because its not as stretchy as the normal tissue, Wroble said. You ask a goaltender to do some pretty tough stuff on the muscles, as far as stretching them and the speed of the movement.

But, so far, Kekalainen said, Bobrovskys tests have shown no scar tissue forming.

I talked to Sergei a few days ago, he said, just to make sure he understands that this time were going to do everything thats possible to make sure he gets back to 100 percent and playing and sustaining that, rather than this back and forth. 

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