Kesler unlikely to play in 2019-20, could resume career after hip surgery
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Ryan Kesler might not play in 2019-20, but his career may not be over.

The Anaheim Ducks center underwent hip resurfacing surgery on Thursday, a procedure that makes continuing his career possible following a lengthy recovery, the club announced on Monday.

"While it's unlikely he will play in 2019-20, we will support any decision he makes about his future playing career," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said.

In April, Kesler's career appeared in jeopardy when he was mulling hip-replacement surgery.

The 34-year-old missed Anaheim's final 14 games of this season and was limited to 60 contests in 2018-19.

He's battled through hip issues for years, missing 60 games over the last two campaigns.

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