DENVER (AP) -Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery Friday, and the Colorado Avalanche captain will be out of action for up to three months.
Sakic has been out since Nov. 30, missing 12 games. The operation will keep the 38-year-old center sidelined for eight-to-12 weeks.
``Joe's rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for him to fully recover,'' Avalanche team physician Andy Parker said Thursday in a statement released by the club.
Before sitting out against San Jose on Nov. 30, Sakic, who has seven goals and 15 assists in 24 games this season, had played in 232 consecutive games - dating to Jan. 6, 2004.
``After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup,'' Sakic said in a statement.
Sakic, in his 19th NHL season, ranks eighth on the league's career points list with 1,611. He is 11th in assists (994) and 14th in goals (617).

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