If an anonymous NHL team trainer is correct, the San Jose Sharks will not see their rookie sensation Tomas Hertl back on the ice again this season.
The long, protracted drama surrounding Hertl's
knee injury has produced speculation that he would miss as little as
three months, but the anonymous trainer who is familiar with the type of
injury the 20-year-old suffered believes that the ailment could keep
him on the skids for nine months.
“Usually, a PCL repair or reconstruction is about the same rehab time as
an ACL reconstruction. If they truly reconstructed and fixed it, it’s a
six to nine month process.” the source told CSNCalifornia.com.
knee-to-knee hit with Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown damaged Hertl's
MCL and PCL, though the extent of the damage has not been made public -
hence the trainer's comments should be taken as merely informed
The PCL is usually injured by
hyperextention of the knee, which can happen if you land awkwardly after
jumping or from a direct blow to the flexed knee - which is what
happened in this instance.
According to the National Library of Medicine, "most PCL injuries occur with other ligament injuries and severe knee
trauma. This injury usually occur with a knee dislocation with has a
high chance of nerve and vessel injuries."
Hertl went under the knife on Tuesday and can begin his rehab in a time frame of six to eight weeks.