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11-28-2011, 04:08 PM
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The Flyers still maintain that their captain had a virus … but then management dropped a bombshell Monday morning with an email stating Pronger will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday and miss another four weeks.

In August 2010, Pronger had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

This time, it’s his left knee.

"This has been an issue probably for the last month or so," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in a conference call. "It's been nagging and he's been playing through it up until this recent battle with his virus. We kind of believed that he'd be doing rehabilitation on a daily basis anyway and with some medicine he would start to feel better, but Chris saw the doctor and another MRI [on Sunday] and we just decided that this was the time to get this taken care of. Some of the loose bodies in there were becoming a little bit of an issue.”

Four weeks from surgery is Dec. 27, a day the Flyers play in Tampa Bay … and five days before they play the Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park. Well, believe what you want about the virus, but hockey teams are known for hiding injuries, and in this case, the Flyers definitely weren’t open about Pronger, 37, being bothered by a sore knee.

“The reason [Pronger] missed games was because of the virus,” insisted Holmgren, whose team is in the middle of a five-day break that has the Flyers off until Friday in Anaheim. “This [knee problem] came up just recently and [on Sunday] we decided the best way to attack this is with surgery now. But he'd been missing games because of the virus. It had nothing to do with his knee.”

Holmgren says Pronger now is about over his virus.

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