Brandon, Manitoba – Hours after learning that left-winger Michael Ferland would be undergoing knee surgery later this week, the Brandon Wheat Kings have received some more bad news from the doctor.
The Western Hockey League club learned this afternoon that rookie defenceman Jordan Fransoo and 20-year old right-winger David Toews will join Ferland on the sidelines for an extended period of time.
Toews sustained a high ankle sprain to his right ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Blades in Saskatoon, while Fransoo has been told that he suffered a broken left foot in Brandon’s season opening win over the visiting Regina Pats last weekend. Toews, who joined the Wheat Kings this fall after spending the past two seasons with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.
Fransoo meanwhile broke the foot on September 24th, initial x rays were negative. However, further x rays on the 17-year old’s foot revealed the break. He will be out indefinitely.
At the time of Sunday’s injury, Toews was second in team scoring with three goals and six points in 6 games. Fransoo meanwhile had a goal and 3 points in six contests.
Fransoo, Toews and Ferland join a growing list of injured Wheat Kings. Joining them are rookie blueliner Rene Hunter (hip flexor) and former Waywayseecappo Wolverine right-winger Jens Meilleur (hand).
After playing four games in five nights, the Wheat Kings will have a week to prepare for Thanksgiving weekend when they play host to the Red Deer Rebels on Friday and the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night at Westman Place.
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