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[Report]: Flyers Lilja undergoes hip surgery

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The hits just keep coming for the Philadelphia Flyers defense.

According to a report this week in Swedish paper Helsingborgs Dablad, defenseman Andreas Lilja has undergone hip surgery and could be out until December.

A Flyer team source, cited by CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panacchio, confirmed that Lilja could miss up to four months. This news comes less than a week after the team lost defenseman Andrej Meszaros to an Achilles injury suffered during offseason workouts. He is out indefinitely. Captain Chris Pronger also remains out indefinitely after missing nearly all of the 2011-12 season.

Lilja said in the Swedish newspaper article that he had a degenerative hip condition that had plagued him for a few seasons. When the pain in the joint didn't subside this offseason, he went for a consultation and surgery was recommended.

"I've had problems with my hip for a couple of years and usually the pain goes away during the offseason, but not this year," Lilja is quoted as saying in the article, which was translated by NHL.com/sv contributor Risto Pakarinen. "That's why it had to be operated."

Lilja, 37, says he was willing to do the surgery and lose part of the 2012-13 season in order to extend his career. He says he was told that the surgery could extend his career by up to five years.

"Now I have a new hip and the difference is going to be huge when I hit the ice again," Lilja said. "Especially mentally, because I'll be able to play without the pain. This can mean that my career got five seasons longer."

But, the Lilja surgery presents some short-term issues for the Flyers, who enter the 2012-13 season with a patchwork defense featuring Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Nick Grossmann, Erik Gustafsson, Luke Schenn, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Bruno Gervais.

Defense of Flyers is really old in age and these injuries prove it.

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