Sheffield Steelers star out for up to six weeks

Andreas Valdix could be out for six weeks as Sheffield Steelers count the cost of last weekend's injury-laden match against Belfast Giants.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 12:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:51 am
Andreas Valdix - hand injury

Valdix was slashed twice on the hand and suffered ligament damage which will require surgery on Saturday. He could be out for four to six weeks - long enough for Steelers to need a replacement.

Also Yared Hagos, blindsided by Belfast Giants’ David Rutherford in the same game, is also a big doubt for the weekend games against Edinburgh Capitals (Sat, iceSheffield) and Cardiff Devils (Sun, away.)

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If Hagos misses both games, he will have been absent for three straight - he missed last Wednesday’s Challenge Cup first leg in Scotland.

And Steelers have not missed the irony that three games is one more than Rutherford received, in terms of disciplinary suspension.

A late decision will be made on Hagos - but Sheffield would not rush any player back that has suffered a head injury.

I find it difficult to believe the 33-year-old would want to put his fledgling Steelers career at risk by playing - which means Sheffield, for the second game

running, will be down two recognised centremen.

Steelers have already started to process finding a new import for the line-up. Pre-Christmas is a difficult time of the year to make a signing, but Paul Thompson’s list of contacts is better than most.

Saturday’s match starts level, after Steelers and Capitals slugged out a 2-2 tie earlier this week. It is clear that Edinburgh have a much better team than in previous years, they have nine excellent import forwards and a stellar goalie in Travis Fullerton.

They also know how to win at iceSheffield - they did it last season.

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