VANCOUVER – Bad news for the Norwegian national team and Per-Åge Skrøder. The forward injured his right ankle in his team’s first game against Canada on Tuesday.
The team’s press officer announced following the radiography that the player, who is third in scoring with his Swedish club MODO Örnskoldsvik, will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks. He will miss the entire post-season, and his participation in the 2010 World Championship is also endangered.
Skrøder is the second key player of the Norwegian team to fall by the wayside, as Morten Ask suffered a shoulder injury in an exhibition game. Norway will have to continue with a roster of 22 players – 3 goalkeepers, 7 defencemen and 12 forwards.
Norway plays Team USA on Thursday and Switzerland on Saturday.