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Giroux on neck injury: “I will be fine”

Nov 21, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

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Claude Giroux has offered some reassuring words in the wake of a recent neck injury that forced him to leave Berlin and visit a concussion specialist:

He’s going to be OK.

“I’m fine,” Giroux told CSN Philadelphia. “I’m just making sure that I am 100 percent.

“I will be fine.”

Giroux first suffered the injury after being checked in the head during a German league game last Friday, but initially brushed it off as a minor issue.

“Just a little neck injury,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News. “[Don't] read too much into it.”

Despite that diagnosis, the Flyers star was slow to recover. After a battery of head- and neck-injury tests in Berlin, the decision was made to return to North America and visit with Dr. Ted Carrick.

Carrick has treated the likes of Sidney Crosby and Guillaume Latendresse at his clinic at Life University in Atlanta and is regarded as one of the premier concussion experts in the country.

The decision to visit Carrick likely stemmed from Giroux’s history with head injuries. He’s been sidelined by concussions twice in his career — he missed five games during the 2008-09 season and another four during the 2010-11 campaign.

Despite this, agent Peter Lee said all the moves thus far have been precautionary…and nothing more.

“We wanted to double-check because we weren’t going to push him,” Lee told the Ottawa Sun. “You know how it is with players, we didn’t want him to make the decision, we want to make sure he’s going to be fine. “

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