Flyers' goaltender to have hip repaired

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Robert Esche will have surgery on his hip next week and spend the next few months recovering, likely preventing him from playing for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey.

Team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca said Friday that Esche was
having hip problems all year and an exam this week found a tear of
the labrum in his left hip. He is scheduled for surgery Tuesday in

"The total rehabilitation recovery time is in the order of
three to four months, so he's probably not going to be able to play
in the World Cup," DeLuca said. He said the surgery is unlikely to
prevent him from being ready for training camp next season.

Esche was on the 26-player roster announced last week by USA
Hockey to defend Team USA's championship in the World Cup.