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Andreas Lilja To Miss Four Months Due To Hip Surgery, According To Foreign Report

According to a report by Linus Ahlin of the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja has undergone hip surgery and will miss four months.

Barring any set-backs in his rehabilitation, this projection means the 37-year-old will be unavailable prior to December.

Lilja reportedly stated that he has suffered from hip irritation for several years but that it typically subsides over the course of the summer.

When it continued to persist this offseason, it was determined that repairing the hip was the best course of action.

While he will be forced to miss time, Lilja is confident that it will be worth it when he does return to action.

His comments translated via the twitter stream of Matias Strozyk:

"I've had problems for a couple of years but usually the pain eased over summer. Not this year, so I needed surgery. Now I have a new hip and the difference will be big when I return. Not least mentally, since I can now move without pain. Missing the first two months won't matter much. Now I will be alert and pain-free once the fun starts.”

Lilja registered six points and averaged 13:41 of ice-time over the course of 46 games in his first season with the Flyers.

He has one year remaining on a two-year contract that carries a cap-hit of $737,500.

With Lilja joining fellow defenseman Andrej Mezsaros in the pressbox for at least the start of the season, training camp will provide an opportunity for the Flyers young defenseman to make the team out of camp.

Of course, the option of adding another defender via trade or free agency is always a possibility.

**Edit: For update of the situation, containing comment from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, click here.


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