Forsberg begins rehab after first of two ankle surgeries

Updated: July 7, 2006, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Peter Forsberg has begun rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle, seven weeks after the first of two planned ankle operations.

Peter Forsberg

The Philadelphia Flyers center started his rehabilitation on Thursday. In mid-May, Forsberg had torn ligaments repaired and several bones realigned in his right ankle during a three-hour operation.

He will have the same procedure on his left ankle when the right one heals, and is expected to be sidelined until about January.

"Everything feels good," Forsberg said. "Everything is going as planned and it's good to be back working out.

"Everything has been positive, but it's hard to say if it's going any quicker than we thought. It is just the beginning of rehab. But everything went well with the surgery."

Flyers head trainer Jim McCrossin said Forsberg experienced some muscle soreness after his first workouts, but that was to be expected. He said Forsberg has some swelling in his right ankle and that they are working on his range of motion.

"Well, the discomfort comes with the territory," Forsberg said. "There's a lot of things that were done to the foot and it is going to take a while to heal up."

Forsberg is scheduled to see Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on the ankle, in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

"He looked at the X-rays and everything looks good, nothing negative," Forsberg said. "I think we are at the stage where we are supposed to be, so we will see how it goes."

Forsberg has had ankle problems for about seven years. The Flyers have said that the surgery should make him less prone to groin and abdominal strains. Most of the 22 games he missed last season were from groin-related injuries.

McCrossin said Forsberg will continue his workouts until he's back in the lineup, and that he won't be returning to his native Sweden.

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