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Lecavalier surgery on Tuesday



Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The injury was sustained in a late-season game against the Capitals on the illegal hit by Matt Cooke. Noted orthopedist James Andrews will perform the surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Lecavalier will have surgery only on his shoulder. His painful right wrist, for which he likely will require only an arthroscopic procedure, will be done at a later date.

Lecavalier, who turns 28 on Monday, is expected to need 12 to 15 weeks to recover, meaning he should be ready for the start of training camp. He is expected to do most of his rehab in his native Montreal.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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