Stamkos Lightening captain to undergo knee surgery, faces 4-6 month layoff

Stamkos is to travel to Colorado for the procedure by knee specialist Robert LaPrade.

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No timetable has been set for his return to play after Tampa Bay Lightening's captain Steven Stamkos' knee surgery, though typical recovery time for the procedure ranges between four to six months play

No timetable has been set for his return to play after Tampa Bay Lightening's captain Steven Stamkos' knee surgery, though typical recovery time for the procedure ranges between four to six months

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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is to undergo surgery for his torn meniscus and could be out for up to six months, multiple reports said Thursday.

Stamkos is to travel to Colorado for the procedure by knee specialist Robert LaPrade, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Although no timetable for the 26-year-old's return has been set, the typical recovery time for the procedure ranges between four to six months.

The Lightning said Wednesday Stamkos faced an indefinite period on the sidelines following the injury, which occurred during the team's win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

The Canadian star's stellar career has been dotted with injuries. He suffered a broken leg during the 2013-14 season.

He underwent surgery for a blood clot on his right collar bone this past April, which forced him to miss the last few regular-season games of last season and all but one of Tampa Bay's final Stanley Cup playoff game.

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