Knee trouble ends Carruthers' season

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

The knee that took Reid Carruthers out of the Safeway Championship will keep him out for the rest of the curling season, including the provincial mixed curling championship.

Carruthers had to sit out his team's last two games at the Manitoba men's championship in Steinbach last weekend due to his injured joint, and now he appears headed for surgery.

"I'm almost certain that I will need the surgery," Carruthers said Tuesday. "For now, I'm not supposed to do any physical for at least six weeks. Mixed is definitely done.

"It's a disappointing finish to the year for me, that's for sure."

Carruthers, 25, believes he has done permanent damage to the meniscus in his sliding knee.

"I'm not taking any risk for the balance of this season," he said. "It's not really worth taking the long-term risk. So I'm going to get all the care I need and get rehab so I can get back on my feet for next year."

Carruthers had planned to play in the Manitoba mixed championship with Morden's Chelsea Carey, one of the province's top female skips. He is also unable to play in the DeKALB SuperSpiel in Morris next month, but his team still might participate.

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kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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