Injury scare for Pronger

TERRY KOSHAN AND BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

Canada's men's hockey team already has lost stars Scott Niedermayer and Ed Jovanovski from its defence corps.

Could Chris Pronger be the next to go?

Though Pronger still is expected to play for Canada in Turin, the Edmonton Oilers defenceman had an MRI on his foot Thursday and a hairline fracture was revealed, sources said.

"It hurts to walk but it feels pretty good to skate," said Pronger, who insisted the injury will not keep him out of the Olympics.

Pronger will meet with Team Canada medical staff in the next couple of days. The team will practise in the Toronto area on Monday afternoon before flying to Turin.

Pronger's absence would be a further blow the team could not afford. Bryan McCabe and Jay Bouwmeester will replace Jovanovski and Niedermayer. Dan Boyle was added to the taxi squad in McCabe's spot, and presumably would become part of the main roster if Pronger can't play. In turn, it is expected Calgary Flames rookie Dion Phaneuf would replace Boyle on the reserve squad.

Pronger has not missed any games because of the injury.


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