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Sep 26, 2011 - 13:20 EDT



Dave Ducharme windsorspitfires.com

Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel says although he doesn't yet know the full extent of Tom Kuhnhackl's injury, he knows the team will be without its star winger for some time.

"It looks like it's going to be a while for Tommy," Rychel said this afternoon. "It's not the news we wanted to hear."

"(Spits Athletic Therapist) Joe Garland and (Team Physician) Doctor Roy Diclitch will be getting together with the (Pittsburgh) Penguins' doctors to see if surgery is needed or not."

Rychel didn't specify a timeline.

So far, it is believed that Kuhnhackl suffered either a second or third degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

The injury is the result of an awkward collision with Kitchener Rangers defenceman Jonathon Jaspers. After Kuhnhackl blew past Jaspers on a rush down the left wing, he was taken into the boards heavily, before Jaspers fell on his leg.

"I tried to get up. But there was just so much pain," Kuhnhackl said after the game. "I can't put any weight on it at all."

Kuhnhackl had just returned earlier that day from Pens training camp.