In early May, the Boston Bruins reported that forward David Krejci had undergone successful hip surgery following his 2015-16 campaign.
With an estimated recovery time of around five months at the time of the surgery, his World Cup participation was already in question. Now, though, it sounds like his likelihood of skating out with the Czech Republic roster in September is more than likely a no-go.
Per iSport.cz, a Czech sports news site, Krejci has been warned by his doctors not to push it and play in the upcoming international event in Toronto.
“According to [my doctor]… I could play another five, six, seven seasons,” confirmed Krejci, who missed a large chunk of the 2014-15 season with injury as well. “He advises me not to hurry to return and risk unnecessary problems for next season.”
The Czech center, who is signed with Boston through the end of the 2020-21 season, expressed a clear desire to skate out with his country at the World Cup in just a few months’ time. Still, he did admit that playing ‘at 80 percent’ would be a detriment both to the team and to the Bruins in their coming campaign – meaning that if there’s a chance he’ll be playing half-healthy, the Atlantic Division franchise is likely to advise against it, as well.
Drafted 63rd overall by Boston in 2004, the 30-year-old center only put up 17 goals last season – but was one of Boston’s top playmaker, racking up 46 assists to finish a 72-game campaign with 63 points. Hopefully, his offseason hip surgery will help him play a full 82 games next year; after playing in just 119 of a potential 164 games for the Bruins between 2014 and 2016, he’ll need to prove he can remain healthier in order to justify his current contract.