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Tavares injures side and will miss worlds for Canada

May 9, 2019

TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs center John Tavares injured his side while practicing with the Canadian team and will miss the upcoming world championships in Slovakia.

Hockey Canada said Thursday it contacted the Maple Leafs and it was agreed it was best for him to return to Toronto for further evaluation of his oblique.

Such injuries usually require at least a few weeks of recovery. It wasn’t immediately clear how the 28-year-old star was hurt.

Canada opens world championship play against Finland on Friday.

The news on Tavares came shortly before the Maple Leafs said defenseman Travis Dermott was to have shoulder surgery and will miss at least six months.