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  • Thursday, May 13, 1999

    Flyers defenseman Desjardins undergoes surgery on left knee

     PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins had surgery Thursday to repair a knee injury, and doctors say he should recover in time to play next season.
     Dr. Art Batolozzi said "everything went smoothly" in the surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital to repair a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Desjardins suffered the ACL injury and a bone bruise after hyperextending his knee during the Flyers' victory over the Detroit Red Wings on March 21.
     "We expect he'll have a rapid recovery, certainly in time for -- hopefully in time for -- the season this coming year," Batolozzi said. "We expect he'll be back in three to four months ready to play."
     Desjardins said the injured knee was "painful right now, but you know it's good to know -- it's always good to know -- that it's fixed and I'll be 100 percent next year."
     Desjardins returned to play in April and had a team-high four points in a first-round playoff series with Toronto. Overall last season, he played in 68 games and scored 15 goals, including two game-winners and six on power plays.

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