Gerber's injury not as bad as it looked

Former Senators goaltender Martin Gerber has suffered a serious neck injury while playing in...

Former Senators goaltender Martin Gerber has suffered a serious neck injury while playing in Russia. (Sun Media file photo)

DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

A neck injury to former Senators goalie Martin Gerber isn’t nearly as bad as first feared.

Gerber, who plays for Atlant Mytischi in the Russian KHL, was involved in a collision as he reached for the puck.

He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a compression fracture of the third cervical vertebra. It was thought his hospital stay would last up to two months. But an examinaton yesterday morning revealed that the injury is a spinal contusion and the recovery period will be weeks, not months.

“There is no need in searching for a new goalie. However, this is not 100% clear,” Atlant’s GM Andrei Verevko told Sovetskiy Sport.

Initially, Dr. Igor Suvorov, a doctor at the hospital Gerber is staying at, told a Russian newspaper: “Martin can forget about hockey for next six months ... Thank God the spinal cord was not hurt and there is no threat to his life.”

“Scary stuff,” said Senators centre Mike Fisher.

If Gerber returns soon, he will be able to play for Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.


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