LeClair injured by puck

Updated: October 8, 2003, 8:40 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers left wing John LeClair has a broken foot that could sideline him two to four weeks.

LeClair sustained the injury during the team's recent four-day training camp day in West Point, N.Y., when he was struck in the foot with a shot. X-rays at the U.S. Military Academy were negative, but LeClair continued to experience discomfort.

On Wednesday, the team took another X-ray, which revealed a fractured fifth metatarsal on the outside of the foot. Team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca said LeClair will miss up to four weeks.

"There's no rehab with this injury," DeLuca said. "It's just a matter of when he's comfortable and how long it takes to heal."

"There's no cast. He's in a walking boot. He can put weight on it," DeLuca added.

LeClair suffered a shoulder injury last season and played just 35 games, totaling 18 goals and 10 assists. Before playing all 82 games in 2001-02, he appeared in only 16 contests in 2000-01 due to a disc problem in his back.

"Obviously, I've had some injuries over the last couple of years, and the last thing I want to do is start the season with an injury," LeClair said.

Prior to 2000-01, the 34-year-old LeClair had not missed more than 10 games in a season. From 1995-96 to 1997-98, he played every game and scored at least 50 goals in each campaign.

The Flyers open the season Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.