Pens' Crosby takes injection to treat lower-body injury

Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:13pm EST
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(Reuters) - Sidney Crosby has taken an injection for a lower-body injury that will keep him out of this weekend's National Hockey League All-Star Game, the team said on Friday.

The Penguins said Crosby, the NHL's reigning most valuable player and face of the league, is expected to resume skating on Tuesday in hopes of returning either Wednesday at Washington or Friday at New Jersey.

According to the Penguins, Crosby was hurt during a game against the Montreal Canadiens and has attempted to play through the injury the past two weeks.

Crosby's absence from Sunday's All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio, will mark the fourth time that he has been selected to the exhibition but has not appeared.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)

Nov 8, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) with the puck in the Buffalo Sabres zone during the third period at First Niagara Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports