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Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle: Injuries to Saku Koivu & Ryan Carter more serious than expected

November 18, 2009 |  1:29 pm

Saku Ducks center Saku Koivu practiced today, but Coach Randy Carlyle said he remained unsure whether Koivu will play in Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning because of a strained groin muscle that had sidelined him for the last four games.

Ducks center Ryan Carter, with a sore right foot, hasn't practiced since Nov. 12 when he was hit by a shot from defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Though the injuries to Koivu and Carter resulted from different circumstances, Carlyle acknowledged after Wednesday's practice that their timetable were taking longer than expected.

"I would say both are," he said.

Carter still considers himself day to day, but he talked with reporters about his frustration. Carter also was placed on the injured reserve on Oct. 23 and missed three games because of a bone bruise in his foot. That injury also happened during practice.

"It’s painful sitting out, especially when you see guys take blocked shots all the time," Carter said. "For me, it’s an area where twice I’ve been hit in the spot where it’s painful. It’s frustrating. Typically, you take one and there is a little bruise and you’re fine. The two I’ve taken have done some damage."

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-- Mark Medina

Photo: Saku Koivu. Credit: Elsa / Getty Images