Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg is cutting his summer short and returning to Detroit to have team doctors check on a sore wrist.
The Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that the injury could cause Zetterberg to miss the start of the season. The Red Wings begin regular season play on October 5.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stated that the team’s examination would be a “precautionary move” due to Zetterberg’s previous wrist problems. He said that Zetterberg has periodically complained of a sore wrist but that it didn’t keep him from playing last season.
“He called two days ago and just said that he’s trying to shoot the puck and was having a hard time,” Holland said. “We’re going to bring him over and have our doctors look at him.”
Expressen quoted Gunnar Svensson, Zetterberg’s agent, as saying that the wrist has been a problem for a year and a half, with it flaring up again this week while Zetterberg skated with Timra, his former Swedish club.