Reuters - Tue, 16 Feb 09:05:00 2010
Slovakia are set to be without high-scoring winger Marian Gaborik for their first two games of the Winter Olympics because of a right leg injury.
Gaborik, who has scored 35 goals and had 34 assists in the NHL this season, was left with a deep gash to his lower thigh after a collision in practice last week with New York Rangers team mate Henrik Lundqvist.
"I think he needs (to be) without training (for) three days still," Slovakian team doctor Dalimir Jancovic said.
Slovakia face arch-rivals Czech Republic in their opening game on Wednesday before challenging Russia a day later, their final group game is against Latvia on Saturday.
The top four sides across the three groups will be seeded for the quarter-finals with the remaining eight teams facing-off for the right to join them in the knockout stages.
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