Rickard Rakell undergoes surgery, out at least two weeks

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Rickard Rakell‘s participation in the World Cup of Hockey was cut short after he was hospitalized; now it comes down to finding out if he’ll be ready once the Anaheim Ducks’ season begins.

The Ducks provided an update on his condition today: he underwent surgery to remove scar tissue from an¬†appendectomy. He’ll need to miss two weeks before he can resume training.

Such a timetable doesn’t guarantee that the promising young forward will miss the start of the regular season. Anaheim begins its 2016-17 campaign with a five-game road trip that kicks off in Dallas against the Stars on Oct. 13.

That’s a decent amount of time for Rakell to recover, yet there’s always the possibility that he’ll face setbacks.

If it helps anyone deal with the less-than-ideal news, at least it’s tough to pin this too much on the World Cup of Hockey.