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Andrej Meszaros Injury: Defenseman Tears Achilles Tendon, Out Indefinitely

On Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers announced via the team’s official twitter account that defenseman Andrej Meszaros tore his right Achilles tendon last week while participating in offseason training in Slovakia.

The team also stated in the same announcement that Meszaros had already underwent successful surgery performed by Dr. Steve Raikin on Tuesday at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

According to the announcement, Meszaros is out indefinitely.

Via the Flyers official twitter account:

"Andrej was injured last week during summer training in Slovakia. Andrej will be out indefinitely."

This announcement comes as a surprising occurrence as Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren stated in a conference call less than a week ago (on Aug. 1) that Meszaros was fine as many wondered about the state of his back.

The 26-year old defenseman had undergone back surgery on March 21 and missed the remainder of the regular season and the majority of the postseason sans one game.

"About the back injury? Yeah, he's fine."

Now, his right Achilles is the issue as well as the state of the Flyers defense corps as Meszaros was largely assumed to be penciled into a spot in the team’s top-4.

Combine this with the injury to Chris Pronger, the loss of Matt Carle in free agency, the team's inability to sign Ryan Suter or Shea Weber and the age of Kimmo Timonen, the questions about the Flyers most glaring weakness are sure to be plentiful.

On the brightside, the team's younger defensemen will have an opportunity to battle for playing time in training camp, assuming, of course, that the Flyers don't pursue some kind of trade.



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John Russo's picture

Erik Gustafsson deserves a legit shot at being an every day defenseman in the NHL.