Report: Niedermayer struggling with knee injury

Updated: January 26, 2006, 6:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The potential injuries keep piling up for Hockey Canada.

According to a report from The Sports Network of Canada, the latest is Scott Niedermayer. The Canadian TV network reported Thursday that the Mighty Ducks defenseman might miss the Olympic Games because of a knee injury.

Niedermayer has played through pain from a small tear of cartilage in his right knee, an injury that occurred in December. TSN reported that Niedermayer has to decide whether to continue playing with the injury or have the knee checked out during the Olympic break.

Injuries have already attacked the big-time depth of the Canadian blue line with Ed Jovanovski (groin) and taxi squad member Bryan McCabe (groin) both unavailable. Adam Foote has battled injury this season and Rob Blake has only recently started to round into form in Colorado.

Niedermayer has six goals and 26 assists in 48 games for Anaheim this season.