Report: Rinne says bacterial infection ‘very serious’

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Pekka Rinne’s bacterial infection that will keep him out for up to a month isn’t just a big deal for keeping him off the ice, but also for putting his health in danger.

Josh Cooper of The Tennessean shares a translated report from a Finnish magazine, Urheilulehti,  in which Rinne says the infection in his hip was deemed “very serious” and some of the details of how it came about may sound familiar.

“It started aching during the evening. I had a fever and my other leg began to swell up,” Rinne said. “The next day I was sent to the operating surgeons . From there they took samples, and they were sent to a laboratory. They found a bacterial infection.”

“I will be taking antibiotics for a while now. I have a cannula in my arm for four weeks.”

What Rinne is dealing with sounds eerily similar to what Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun has with his blood clot issue that put him on the shelf for 3-6 months. Fortunately for the Predators, Rinne is only slated to miss a month.