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Lemieux to miss month

October 29, 2001

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— Mario Lemieux, bothered since training camp by a sore hip, will have surgery Monday that will sideline him for up to a month.

Lemieux will have arthroscopic surgery that will remove long-term wear and tear damage to his hip, accumulated from many years of playing hockey, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sunday.

"Nobody really knew what was going to happen, but this kept coming back and coming back," general manager Craig Patrick said. "You thought he was getting better, and he wasn't.

"You can't go all year long like that. You've got to get it fixed."

The standout forward, who is also the owner of the Penguins, is expected to miss three or four weeks because of the injury that first flared up during an exhibition game on Sept. 22.

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