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McDavid opted against surgery, 10-month recovery for knee injury

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Previously unknown details have emerged about Connor McDavid's 2019 knee injury.

It was initially reported that McDavid suffered a small PCL tear when he crashed into the post during the final game of the 2018-19 regular season. However, the trailer for "Whatever It Takes," an upcoming documentary on McDavid's recovery process, reveals that the situation was much more complicated.

The Edmonton Oilers captain's PCL was torn in half, and he also suffered torn lining on the back of his knee joint and a crack in the front of his tibia.

Doctors told McDavid he needed surgery immediately, which would come with a 10-month recovery timeline, but he opted against the procedure and was able to suit up for opening night in October thanks to a rigorous rehabilitation program.

The injury hasn't slowed McDavid this season, as he leads the league with 76 points in 49 games.

"Whatever It Takes" airs Friday on Sportsnet following the All-Star Skills Competition.

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