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Sweden’s Zetterberg skips practice to rest back

February 13, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Sweden men’s hockey captain Henrik Zetterberg missed practice Thursday to rest a herniated disk in his ailing back.

Zetterberg stayed at the Olympic Village while the Swedes practiced for Friday’s game against Switzerland.

Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldenberg said Zetterberg will decide whether he can play Friday after consulting with the NHL’s doctors in Sochi. Zetterberg had anti-inflammatory treatment on his back.

The four-time Olympian scored a goal in Sweden’s 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic in its Olympic opener Wednesday, but he hasn’t been healthy for much of the winter.

Zetterberg also is the captain of the Detroit Red Wings, and his nagging back injury kept him out of 11 games with the Wings earlier this season.

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