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  • Thursday, December 2, 1999

    Messier says big, fast players creating injuries

     VANCOUVER (CP) -- Canucks captain Mark Messier, who sprained his right knee when he tangled with Andy Sutton of the Sharks, has a theory on this year's rash of injuries across the league.
     
     "Injuries are becoming more and more a part of the game because of the speed and strength and size of the players," Messier told the Edmonton Journal.
     
     The initial prognosis on Messier was he would be out four to six weeks. At best, the Canucks will have to get along without him for another four or five games.
     
     "My knee is feeling, actually, much better," Messier said. "It's been three weeks now.
     
     "I've been working out really hard, riding the bike. It's feeling really good. It's just a matter of waiting for the ligament to tighten up. Only time can do that."



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