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Jackets' Klesla out six weeks with torn groin

The Canadian Press

11/30/2009 10:31:35 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rostislav Klesla is the latest addition to a growing list of injured players across the NHL, as the Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman will be sidelined six weeks with a torn groin.

Klesla was injured in a mid-ice collision with the St. Louis Blues' Barret Jackman on Monday night.

He lay on the ice for five minutes and was attended to by trainers before a doctor was led across the ice to examine him. Klesla was face down on the ice before being helped off, not putting any weight on his left leg.

Klesla was just inside the St. Louis zone when he reached up to collect a puck about 2:30 into the game. As he turned to play the puck, he was hit from behind by Jackman and fell awkwardly. Klesla's left knee was pinned against the boards as he went down.