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Auston Matthews could be out 6+ months according to a doctor

Published May 3, 2024 at 1:21 PM

Auston Matthews has missed the Toronto Maple Leafs last two playoff games and the true reason behind his absence could now be known after a doctor shared a possible diagnosis.

During game four of the Toronto Maple Leafs series versus the Boston Bruins, Auston Matthews exited the game early. The reasoning was originally described as an illness but one fan pointed out how it could potentially have been a knee injury.

In my opinion, Auston Matthews probably tore something in his right leg on this play.

I watched his shifts after this play in game 3 and in game 4 and he looked noticeably slower and had much less jump. Tons of torque on the front and inside of the right knee, MCL/LCL tear?

In the replies to the post Dr. Jesse Morse, a specialist in sports medicine who has been on ESPN for his insights on potential injuries, shared some bad news for the Maple Leafs.

Looks like the MCL was stressed.

The medial meniscus is attached to the deep fibers of the MCL so technically both could be injured.

If both are compromised sometimes the ACL can get injured too.

They're calling out with an ‘illness' for game 5 & 6 which is strange to me, so there may be more to this knee injury.

Assuming the worst-case scenario, Matthews could be out for nearly a year if he requires surgery for an ACL tear.

Dr. Morse success rate is a 75-80% accuracy in injury predictions, leaving Maple Leafs fans anxiously hoping this isn't one of those times he's right.

With game seven right around the corner, it could be possible that the Leafs get eliminated before Matthews returns and we may finally get some clarity on his injury.

Source - House of Hockey
Doctor shares that Matthews could be out for 6+ months
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Auston Matthews could be out 6+ months according to a doctor

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