Henrik Zetterberg won’t play another contest for Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics. He’s been pulled due to a back injury, and USA Today is reporting that he’s on his way back to Detroit. In that update, Zetterberg admits that surgery is a possibility, and that “you cannot keep going like this…it’s the same as in December.”
Now it’s being reported that Zetterberg might not just miss the rest of the Winter Olympics—he might be done for the entire year. The hits just keep on coming for a Swedish team that is already without Henrik Sedin and a Red Wings team that has been decimated by injuries all season long.
Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldeback says if Henrik Zetterberg’s back stays the way it is now he will be out for the rest of the season.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 14, 2014
It’s important not to overreact to this news, but with Zetterberg already talking about getting the herniated disc worked on surgically, it’s certainly something worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
This is a unfourtnate setback for Zetterberg, as he’s been outstanding for Detroit while healthy. He has 48 points in 45 games and was a central part of the Red Wings staying afloat while Pavel Datsyuk missed almost an entire month of play earlier in the year.
Now it appears that Detroit might need to figure out a way to move forward without its captain and statistical leader.