Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, who has been playing for Team USA at the 2014 World Hockey Championships in Belarus over the past week, has left the tournament for "precautionary reasons", per USA Hockey.
Trouba, who had a sensational rookie season in Winnipeg, was logging top-pairing minutes for the United States at the tournament. The skilled defender, who had managed two goals, one assist and three points in four games with Team USA, sustained a face injury in Winnipeg's final game of the year when he was struck by a puck.
It's not clear whether or not this injury flared up again, and the precise nature of Trouba's injury was undisclosed.
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