Rare virus, spread to knee, to keep Pronger out for one month

The Philadelphia Flyers are apparently on the forefront of a new medical breakthrough.

On Monday afternoon, general manager Paul Holmgren revealed that defenseman and captain Chris Pronger, who has missed the last four games with a virus, apparently will be out of the lineup for another month following surgery on his left knee.

“Chris will have surgery on his left knee tomorrow afternoon. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Peter DeLuca. The procedure will clean out some loose particles that have given Chris some problems over the last month or so,” Holmgren said. “We were hopeful that the time missed with a virus that Chris has been fighting would settle things down in his knee. “But after an examination yesterday, it was decided that the surgery is the way to go at this time.”

Pronger totaled one goal and 12 points and is a plus-one through 13 games this season. The current timetable leaves the 37-year-old able to return in time for the Winter Classic against the Rangers on January 2.