Oilers forward Pisani diagnosed with ulcerative colitis

Updated: September 5, 2007, 8:49 AM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON -- Forward Fernando Pisani will be out of the Edmonton Oilers' lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disorder.

"We are very concerned about Fernando's medical condition and we wish him nothing but a full and healthy recovery," general manager Kevin Lowe in a statement Tuesday.

Pisani had 14 goals and 14 assists in 77 games with Edmonton last season. After scoring 14 goals in the 2006 playoffs, Pisani was rewarded with a four-year, $10 million contract in the offseason.

"I appreciate all the wonderful words of encouragement I have received, including messages from my teammates," said the 30-year-old Pisani, who is currently undergoing treatment. "I look forward to returning to the Oilers."


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