Posted January 16, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2-1 and lead the series 3 games to 1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will have abdominal surgery and is expected to be sidelined another 4-6 weeks. Green has played in only 10 games this season. He was sidelined early in the season with a sprained right ankle, then injured his groin in early November. He returned to play two games this month, but the groin tightened up in the second period against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 7. The Capitals announced the surgery on Monday. The Capitals recently placed Green on long-term injured reserve. Green emerged as one of the top defensemen in the NHL from 2007-10, but he has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons.
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