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Anze Kopitar will have ankle surgery, is out indefinitely

March 28, 2011 |  4:04 pm

Kopitar_300 Anze Kopitar, the Kings' talented center, is now out indefinitely, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Kopitar (pictured at right) underwent an MRI Monday morning and will require corrective surgery to repair torn ligaments caused by a high ankle sprain [updated].

Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.  His rehab will begin immediately and a full recovery is expected, the club said. He originally was expected to be out at least six weeks.

Kopitar, who leads the team with 75 points and has been excellent on defense, injured his ankle in the second period of Saturday's 4-1 victory over Colorado. The Kings are currently tied for fifth in the Western Conference standings with only seven games left in the regular season.

The Times' Helene Elliott, who is in Edmonton for the Kings' game against the Oilers on Tuesday night,  will have a full report.

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Photo credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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