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Eberle's double trouble

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

EDMONTON - If bad luck really does come in threes, Jordan Eberle might want to walk around in a padded suit for a while.

Unless the Oilers season counts as a terrible misfortune, then hes OK.

Asked after the morning skate on Tuesday to talk about his injury, the guy whos never really been injured before had to ask the media to be specific.

Which one, my stomach or my foot, said the rookie winger, whos recovering from an ankle sprain and an emergency appendectomy.

My stomach is back to normal, it has been for a few days now. Im just kind of taking care of my foot.

Im trying to make sure that when I come back I dont re-injure it and have it nag for the rest of my career. Thats the biggest thing; we want to make sure we take care of it and not have any problems in the future.

Eberle got it with both barrels earlier this month when he wound up on the operating table for his appendix before the swelling in his sprained ankle had even gone down.

Ive never really been injured and then in two days I kind of got everything, he said, adding the gut trouble came out of nowhere.

I just woke up in the morning and my stomach was killing me. It was bad. I thought I had food poisoning, originally. I was vomiting and it was a really sharp pain.

I came to the rink, checked it out and they said you have to go to the hospital. The doctor poked around, said I had appendicitis and had to get it removed right away. If it bursts it could be really dangerous. Within two hours I was on the operating table.

Its a really quick procedure the way they do it and its a pretty quick rehab.

Eberle, whos missed eight games, says the stomach is a non issue and the ankle is close.

Its been getting better, thats for sure. Ive been skating the last few days. It was a little sore on Monday. Its still kind of day to day. Im definitely close. I felt good on the ice today.

There are degrees of it and mine is minor. A regular high ankle sprain takes a month or something. Im only two weeks in and Im almost back so thats a good sign.

He already missed the clubs holiday at Palm Springs to the injuries, but looks like hell be ready for the All Star at the end of the month.

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