Pekka Rinne describes hip infection as 'very dangerous'

Ian McLaren

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has opened up about the hip injury that is keeping him out of the team's lineup for an extended period of time, and has told the Finnish magazine Urheilulehti the infection is "very dangerous."

Below are the quotes from the article, via Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.

It started aching during the evening. I had a fever and my other leg began to swell up. The next day I was sent to the operating surgeons . From there they took samples, and they were sent to a laboratory. They found a bacterial infection.

I will be taking antibiotics for a while now. I have a cannulla in my arm for four weeks.

It is very important to kill the bacteria from the hip, because this kind of infection is very dangerous –  it can derogate the joint inside the hip.

I don’t know about the timetable. First and foremost, we have to focus on getting the infection eliminated. I don’t want to guess, but I hope things get better as soon as possible.

Rinne is expected to be out of the lineup for at least four weeks.