Minnesota Wild Fear Stress Fracture for Zach Parise

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The news regarding Minnesota Wild assistant captain Zach Parise seems to be going from bad to worse.

He suffered an injury to his foot while blocking a shot during a game against the St. Louis Blues way back on November 25. It was expected he’d miss a week or two, but ended up only missing one game. However, he was taken out of the lineup this past Monday with what was called a “lower body injury.” This lead many to believe Parise may have returned too early and not given his foot ample time to heal.

Through this past week, he went from day-to-day to not traveling with the team for Friday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Now, it appears the injury diagnosis could derail Parise for quite some time.

Though there is no official word just yet, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is hearing Parise might be dealing with a stress fracture.

“I don’t think we’re going to see him for a while,” Russo claims. “I don’t know what a while means, but I hear the latest MRI he had showed a fracture in his foot that didn’t show up the first time around.”

Typically, it takes about four to six weeks for stress fractures to heal. That said, Parise certainly has shown he can heal faster than most human beings. The team certainly hopes he can get back quickly, as they’ve been struggling offensively throughout the year. Parise’s had an off year himself, with just 15 goals and 27 points overall. Decent numbers for some, but below par for what’s typically expected of the American forward.

The Wild aren’t the only ones hoping for a speedy recovery from Parise. He was expected to be a key player on the US Mens’ National team, and with the Sochi Olympics just a few weeks away, there might be some concern as to whether or not this foot ailment will hurt his chances to play for his country.

Casey Drottar is an NHL writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CDrottar19 or “Like” him on Facebook

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