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Kings’ Martinez leaves game versus Blues with ‘upper body injury'; not expected to return

Feb 11, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

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The injury situation on the Los Angeles Kings blue line may have worsened.

Defenseman Alec Martinez played one minute and 35 seconds against the St. Louis Blues Monday, before leaving due to an “upper body injury.” He is not expected to return to the game, Kings beat reporter Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times tweeted out.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are already without veteran defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene.

Mitchell had knee surgery during the lockout and has been cleared to play by the Kings’ doctors and trainers.

However, Mitchell has yet to return to the lineup, despite clearance.

Greene underwent back surgery near the end of January, and it was initially believed he could be done for the season. The Kings then projected Greene could be back by late March.

To help offset the injury situation, the Kings last week acquired defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the Florida Panthers

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