Team Canada lose Lightning star for Olympics

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Steven Stamkos has not recovered from his broken leg in time to compete for Canada in the Winter Olympics, reports CBS Sports.

The Tampa Bay Lightning star suffered the fracture at the beginning of November but was optimistic of recovering in time to make the team.

However, a CT scan revealed that his leg has not yet healed and the doctor refused to clear him to play, instead offering to re-evaluate him in 2-3 weeks time.

"After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future," Lightning and Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman said in a statement. 

"Although the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all."

Although recovering from the injury in time was always going to be a tough task, it will be tough to take for Stamkos, who also missed out on the 2010. There is also no guarantee that NHL will feature in the next Winter Olympics in 2018.

"Today is obviously very disappointing for me," Stamkos is quoted on CBS Sports. "I honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my injured leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can't force healing.

"I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to. I would like to thank the training staff for their dedication and hard work and I look forward to returning to the Lightning once cleared by the medical team."

Stamkos broke his leg on November 11 in Boston after colliding with the goal posts. He is expected to be in contention for the first Lightning game after the Olympic break.

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