Armstrong Hopeful Fabbri Returns For 2018-19 Training Camp

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A full recovery is expected for Robby Fabbri to be back on the ice next season, but St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong says these multiple injuries to start the season are unlike anything he’s seen.

The Blues held a press conference Thursday morning, the day after it was announced that Fabbri re-injured his knee and will miss the 2017-18 season. Fabbri made a short statement to start, then left.

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He says doctors told him there was just a 3 percent chance that he would re-injure his left knee, “unfortunately I fell in that 3 percent.”

“There’s nothing I can do now except try and stay positive be supportive for the guys this season, and get ready for next season,” Fabbri says. “I won’t be answering any questions until after surgery.”

Here is full audio from Thursday’s press conference:

Armstrong explained more about Fabbri’s injury, and says he is hopeful that he’ll be ready for training camp before the 2018-19 season. The other injuries include Patrik Berglund for the first few months of the season, Zach Sanford had shoulder surgery and will be out for five to six months, and Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Steen will be out for at least the first week of the season with ankle and hand injuries, respectively.

He was asked if recently retired forward Jaromír Jágr could be a possible fit in St. Louis:

“He’s a great player. Certainly someone that we’ve talked internally about, as we’ve talked about a number of players,” said Armstrong. “We’re going to have to really dig deep into how our style of play is and what type of players can come in and compliment our style.”

Dr. Bernard Bach will again perform Fabbri’s surgery sometime within the first two weeks of October, Armstrong says.

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Fabbri originally suffered a torn left ACL on Feb. 4, 2017. Dr. Bernard Bach performed surgery on Fabbri’s knee in Chicago on Feb. 28 and he was cleared to play on July 31. On Sunday, the Blues announced Fabbri would miss the remainder of training camp, after re-injuring his surgically-repaired left knee.

Fabbri, 21, has appeared in 123 career regular season games, recording 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) and 52 penalty minutes.

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