Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Lightning announced center Steve Stamkos will not be able to participate in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Stamkos underwent a CT Scan Wednesday and the medical director was unable to clear Stamkos.
"After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future," Yzerman said in making the announcement to the media.
That also means he will not be participating in Saturday's game as the team had hoped. He will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.
Stamkos released this statement:
"Today is obviously very disappointing for
me, I honestly believe that we did everything possible in
order to have my injured leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you
can't force healing. I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I
cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to. I would like to
thank the training staff for their dedication and hard work and I look forward
to returning to the Lightning once cleared by the medical
Stamkos fractured his right tibia in November against the Boston Bruins. He has missed 39 games so far.
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