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Radim Simek to undergo surgery for knee injury

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Simek was injured against the Jets on Tuesday.

Feb 16, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek (51) passes the puck during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center at San Jose. Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks defenseman Radim Simek will undergo surgery to repair both the ACL and MCL in his right knee, General Manager Doug Wilson announced this afternoon. According to the release, there is no timeline for Simek’s return. Knee injuries generally take several weeks to heal, depending on the severity of the damage, according to the University of California, San Fransisco.

This announcement comes after Simek posting a photo of his knee brace on Instagram last night.

Simek suffered the knee injury in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets when Andrew Copp fell on his right leg in the Sharks’ defensive zone.

Simek has played 40 games with the Sharks this season and averaged 15:33 of ice time, mostly skating with Brent Burns. Until he returns, Burns’ former partner Joakim Ryan will likely take Simek’s place.

Simek previously dealt with a head injury earlier this season, missing two games.