Injured New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is on Slovakia's roster for the Olympics next month, but even if he is recovered by then, he will not be making the trip to Sochi, Russia.
The Islanders said Tuesday that Visnovsky, who wants to play for his country, will not be allowed to go because of concerns about the concussion that he sustained in October.
"As much as Lubo would like to represent his country and participate in the Olympics, our doctors and I are not comfortable with him going to play," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said, according to Newsday.
The 37-year-old Visnovsky was named to Slovakia's Olympic team for the fifth time in his career earlier this month. But he has missed 44 games for the Islanders this season after playing in only eight, logging one goal and two assists.
Visnovsky was injured on a hit into the end boards during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 19. He wants to play for his country but understands that it wouldn't be in the Islanders' best interests.
"In my country, Olympics is something very big," Visnovsky said. "But you need to be in good shape. I don't want to go out there and kill my team by playing."