Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is mulling over his treatment options, which include surgery, for a sports hernia that has been bothering him since training camp, sources told The Athletic's Rob Rossi.
Crosby aggravated the hernia during Saturday's contest against the Chicago Blackhawks, Rossi reports. The Penguins captain left in the third period and didn't return.
The 32-year-old is weighing the opinions of medical personnel, and recovery from surgery typically requires four-to-six weeks, Rossi adds.
A different option includes a steroid injection and physical therapy, which would allow Crosby to delay surgery until the end of the season but would put him at risk of further aggravating the hernia.
The Penguins are waiting for Crosby to make a decision before updating his status, according to Rossi.
Crosby has appeared in all 17 of the Penguins' games this season, recording five goals and a team-leading 17 points.