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Associated Press

9/9/2005 4:23:37 PM

PHILADELPHIA(AP) - Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg and Derian Hatcher will miss most of the Flyers' training camp with injuries that will sideline each about two to three weeks.

Forsberg, who signed as a free agent last month, will have surgery Monday to remove an infected bursa in his right ankle. The Flyers said Forsberg is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Hatcher, also signed last month to bulk up the defence, sprained his left knee and will miss at least three weeks. Hatcher got hurt at the U.S. Olympic Team's training camp.

The Flyers start training camp Tuesday and open the regular season Oct. 5.

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* Read Tim Panaccio's complete report in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Hatcher, who captained the Dallas Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup title under current Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, signed a four-year deal worth $14 million as part of Philadelphia's roster overhaul to try and win the Stanley Cup.

Forsberg was signed to a $11.5-million US, two-year contract and returned to the Flyers after they dealt him to Quebec in the Eric Lindros trade in 1992.

Since then, Forsberg has become a seven-time all-star and the league's most valuable player with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.

"If everything goes well with Forsberg the way the doctors have told us, he will get back in before training is over and be ready by the start of the season," Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke said. "Even though it is a little bit disappointing, it is something we can live with."

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