Atlanta Thrashers NewsFlash: Ilya Kovalchuk Early Update

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 26, 2009

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates during the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Ilya Kovalchuk is still to have an MRI done be the end of today (Monday), it will determine the extent of the injury Ilya had received in the loss versus San Jose on Saturday.

The team is stating that Kovalchuk was hit in the foot with the puck, so far in all replays it looks more like he tweaked his foot or lower leg during an almost knee to knee contact with Sharks' Patrick Marleau.

So far X-rays proved negative and the Thrashers are praying the injury is merely a deep bruise that might keep him out of the lineup for around two weeks.

Kovalchuk was first in the league with nine goals in eight game, before Sunday's games.