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Luongo projected to be out seven-to-10 days

Dec 27, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 19: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks plays the puck against the Dallas Stars in the first period at American Airlines Center on December 19, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks already confirmed that starting goaltender Roberto Luongo won’t be available on Sunday, but it looks like the injured netminder will be out a bit longer than that.

Luongo isn’t expected to return for seven-to-10 days, reports the Vancouver Province. That translates to him missing anywhere from three-to-five contests.

He sustained what has been classified as a lower-body injury on Dec. 22, although it’s believed to be a groin problem.

If that timeline proves to be accurate, then this will be an unfortunate setback for Luongo, but far from a crippling blow for Vancouver. In the meantime, the Canucks will be able to give 25-year-old goaltender Eddie Lack a bit of a trial run.

The rookie netminder has a 1.93 GAA and .928 save percentage, but he has only started in seven of Vancouver’s 39 games this season.

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