Sources: Laich had sports hernia surgery earlier this month

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Capitals forward Brooks Laich underwent sports hernia surgery earlier this month, according to sources with direct knowledge of the players’ situation.

That story was first reported Sunday morning by The Washington Post on its web site. On Saturday, Washington general manager George McPhee said that the team hoped to have Laich back for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs if the Caps make it that far.

“Maybe before that though with this guy,” McPhee said before Saturday’s win over Boston at Verizon Center. “He works as hard as anybody works. We’ll see.”

Laich was originally hurt in November while playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. He missed a brief training camp when the NHL returned to action and the first 28 games of the season. He returned on March 19 and appeared in nine games. But on April 4 Laich was re-injured during a game with the New York Islanders.

He met with two groin specialists, including Dr. Michael Brunt, a St. Louis-based doctor, and shortly thereafter underwent surgery – though the exact date that happened is still unclear.

“[Laich is] doing really well and he has a great attitude and feels great,” McPhee said. “Hope he starts skating this week or next. He’s in pretty good shape here.”

Washington coach Adam Oates told reporters on April 16 “Not right now, no” when asked if surgery was being considered. Laich has not spoken to reporters about his condition since he was hurt again on April 4.

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