07 November 2007

Update on Kovy (from AJC)

From AJC:

lya Kovalchuk went down. The forward had just ripped a one-timer midway through the second period during a Thrashers power play and felt a sharp pain. His back hurt, and it wasn't just from carrying the team. He had back spasms and didn't return to the game.

Kovalchuk went to the locker room in hopes that his back would loosen up. It never did. And there was no convincing the Thrashers' medical staff that he could play.

"I tried my best, but the doctor said you shouldn't [play]," Kovalchuk said. "It was really tough to sit there and watch them play."

Kovalchuk said he doesn't have a history of back problems, but knocked on his head just in case. No reason to jinx an outstanding season.

Despite that, he'll get an MRI exam Wednesday.

"Just to rule out anything," Waddell explained

1 comment:

Knotwurth Mentioning said...

Ouch! Didn't hear about this! It'd suck to lose Kovalchuk after 3 straight 2-goal games. I've often been critical of him, because he seems a lot like Alexei Kovalev -- talented, but horribly inconsistent. But he's been using his skills since Waddell took over, and so to see a blow like this would be really unfortunate for the team!