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Injury updates with Granlund, Brodin

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: November 6, 2012 - 1:52 PM

Just got off the phone with Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher, who was with Mikael Granlund at his doctor's appointment this morning in Edina.

Granlund has been diagnosed with a lateral right ankle sprain and will miss two to four weeks. He is in a walking boot and will do his rehab in Houston.

"He'll be able to start doing more next week and is walking pretty good, but we wanted to make sure, and mercifully, this is not the worst case scenario," Fletcher said. "It's relatively good news. It's not a knee or high ankle sprain or anything like that. It's a common ankle sprain."

Fletcher did say though that depending on how he heals, he is questionable for the Nov. 18 Aeros vs. Rockford game at Xcel Energy Center.

Jonas Brodin is out though. In the same game last Friday in Oklahoma City, Brodin broke his clavicle. He will miss at least eight weeks, Fletcher said, but he is seeing the doctors here in Minnesota this afternoon to get an MRI and determine a course of treatment. That would either be allowing the bone to heal or inserting a plate surgically.

In New York today, the NHL and NHLPA are meeting. That includes the Big Four and 13 players looking to move this process forward.

At the X, Fletcher made the decision to install the ice again just in case a deal gets done. It takes three days to get installed, so Fletcher figured 'why wait?' after having to tear it up for the Madonna concert. Other concerts and events coming to town -- girls' volleyball, Bruce Springsteen -- can still take place over the ice.


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