Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov played just 30 seconds on Friday before a legal hit by Maxim Rybin injured his shoulder. With a history of shoulder injuries, Kuznetsov headed to Germany to get examined.
On Monday, without a named source or a byline, Sport Express reported that Kuznetsov’s injury will cost him two months and any shot at making the Russian Olympic squad.
But no one else seems to agree with that. Not yet, at least.
The original report from Sport Express, as translated by RMNB’s Igor Kleyner:
It has become known to Sport Express that Traktor’s forward Evgeny Kuznetsov may be out for up to two months because of the shoulder injury. The injury occurred in the very first minute of the game last Friday against Vityaz, as a result of a legal hit by Vityaz forward Maksim Rybin. Kuznetsov did not return to the game.
Over the weekend, the 21 year old forward departed for a clinic in Germany, where his same left shoulder was operated on two years ago. At that time his recovery took three months. Surgery is not likely to be needed this time. But in any case, this injury brings Kuznetsov’s chances to make Russia’s Olympic roster down to almost a zero.
Alexander Rogulev from R-Sport contradicts Sport Express, stating that there has been no diagnosis yet and his prognosis is still unknown:
This information does not correspond to the reality. There is still no diagnosis, and, as a result, the recovery terms are unknown. The origin of this news is unknown. The earliest we will have some clarity is tomorrow.
So until we have a real source and a reputable writer with a name vouching for the story, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about Kuznetsov’s injury or his future.