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Saturday, July 31, 2004
Updated: August 18, 4:11 PM ET
Avs star will work out in Sweden on Tuesday

Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg has been cleared by doctors to play for Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey beginning late next month in Europe and North America.

"I've seen my doctors in the last few days in Montreal and Denver, and they said I could start working out at 100 percent," the 31-year-old Avalanche forward told Swedish tabloid Expressen's Web site Saturday.

Forsberg, the league's MVP last year, underwent stomach-muscle surgery eight weeks ago in Montreal.

"Sometimes I'm still a little bit stiff, but my doctors say rehab will take up to 10 weeks, so I have two weeks before I'll be 100 percent," Forsberg said.

"Naturally I'm happy. You're always a bit worried after an operation, but now I know I can take the next step. That's nice."

Forsberg will fly to Sweden on Tuesday and said he plans to work out for the first time late that afternoon with MoDo Hockey, the Swedish Elite League team he played for before heading to North America. He will travel to Stockholm on Aug. 19, when the Swedish World Cup team is scheduled to open training camp.

Forsberg last played for Sweden at the World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic earlier this year. Canada beat Sweden 5-3 on May 9 to win the tournament.

In the World Cup of Hockey, Sweden is in the European pool with the Czechs, Finland and Germany. Finland plays the Czechs in the opener Aug. 30 in Helsinki.

The United States, which won the inaugural World Cup in 1996 by edging Canada in three games, is in the North American pool with Canada, Russia and Slovakia.