Foot trouble may foil Avs’ Forsberg
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado
It doesn’t appear Peter Forsberg will be resuming his NHL career for a while, if at all.
According to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Forsberg has a muscle problem in his right foot that has been the root of his health troubles in recent seasons and he will need several months of rehabilitation for a chance to salvage his career.
Forsberg became an unrestricted free agent July 1 and would prefer to re-sign with the Avalanche if he’s healthy, but the report quoted him as saying he doubts he would be ready for training camp in September.
Forsberg’s Swedish doctor, Bertil Romanus, has mapped out a rehabilitation program that is expected to take several months.
Forsberg, who turns 35 on Sunday, has started the program and said he likely wouldn’t be available to play before Christmas.
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A muscle on one side of Forsberg’s foot doesn’t work normally because a muscle on the other side has caused an imbalance.
Forsberg told the newspaper he can walk and even run without a problem but has trouble when he puts on a skate.
If the latest program doesn’t work, Forsberg told the newspaper, “Then I’m happy with the career I’ve had.”
Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Sunday he wasn’t aware of the report.
Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Forsberg signed with the Avalanche on Feb. 25 and played in nine of the final 16 regular-season games, finishing with one goal and 13 assists.
He was able to play in seven of the Avalanche’s 10 playoff games and had one goal and four assists.