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Kings D Rob Blake to undergo hip surgery

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The Hockey News
4/5/2007 11:18:37 PM

The Hockey News has learned Los Angeles Kings veteran defenseman Rob Blake will undergo season-ending hip surgery Friday morning and faces up to five months of rehabilitation before he'll be able to return.

That would still allow him to be ready for the beginning of next season if all goes well, but there is little doubt that the surgery is a major procedure. It will be done in Vail, Col., by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Philippon, who has done hip surgeries on the likes of Alexander Mogilny, Tie Domi, Dan Cloutier and Ryan Kesler.

Blake has sat out the last three games with a neck injury, but said the hip has been an issue for some time.

''There has been something going on there for a while,'' Blake said. ''It's pretty bad right now and I figured I would get it fixed as soon as I could.''

Blake acknowledges that he faces a summer of ''pretty extensive rehab,'' for a period of at least three months, but perhaps as many as five.

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