The infection in Penguins center Jordan Staal's right foot has required an additional medical procedure this week, and he is expected to recover in five to six weeks. That means he will miss the season opener Oct. 7 and several other games.
Staal had surgery after a tendon on the top of the foot was sliced during a playoff game April 30. He had surgery and missed just two games and came back six days later.
Over the summer, he has had two follow-up procedures as an infection set him back. It was believed as recently as two weeks ago that he would miss the start of training camp Saturday but might be ready for the season opener and perhaps even for a preseason game or two.
"Jordan developed a post-op infection in his foot, and it can require several procedures to ensure that all infected tissues are removed," Charles Burke, the Penguins' team physician, said in a statement this morning.
"Jordan was bothered by a localized recurrent infection in the tissue area near the tendon repair. This has required treatment with both antibiotics and several repeat debridements [clean-outs] to remove infected tissue. We are confident the situation has been resolved."
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