Team Denmark announced on Wednesday that Lars Eller has been sent home from the 2019 World Championship tournament. According to Danish news outlet Ekstra Bladet, Eller entered the tournament with a leg injury which he had played through with the Washington Capitals.
This news comes just one day after Eller had a four-point performance as Denmark steamrolled Great Britain 9-0.
Eller took several “maintenance days” during the Capitals playoff run for an undisclosed injury which he told the media on breakdown day was sustained at the end of the regular season but would not require surgery to repair.
“I just have to take care,” Eller said of the injury on breakdown day. “With some rest, over time, it’ll be fine, I believe.”
Eller ultimately decided to join Team Denmark in the World Championship tournament a week later.
Kim Pedersen, general manager of Team Denmark, commented to Ekstra Bladet that Denmark was aware that Eller was injured, but judged that Eller could still contribute to the team even if he was at less than 100 percent.
But Pedersen said that following the team’s game against Great Britain, Eller was assessed again by medical professionals and was determined to be unable to continue in the tournament. The Capitals requested that their player be sent back home.
Eller spoke with TV2 Sport about the situation, saying that the injury was being evaluated from day to day during the tournament. Eller said what his body needs now is recovery, treatment, and rest.
The injury to Eller is a major blow to Denmark in the tournament. Eller was playing as the team’s first-line center. Pedersen announced that the team will be calling up Patrick Russell, of the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, to replace Eller.
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