Mike Green to miss 4-6 weeks

Updated: January 16, 2012, 5:46 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

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The nightmare injury season of Mike Green got worse Monday with the announcement that the Washington Capitals star defenseman would require abdominal surgery and be out 4-6 weeks.

Green will undergo the surgery on Tuesday, a team spokesman told ESPN.com.

Green has been limited to only 10 games this season due to a lingering groin issue. Green had a career-high 76 points (19-57) in 2009-10 but played in only 49 games last season, missing time due to a concussion and a groin injury.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.