The Washington Times - January 17, 2012, 11:21AM

Mike Green didn’t necessarily tear his groin again, but problems in his abdomen led to the need for the Washington Capitals defenseman to have surgery on Tuesday.

General manager George McPhee said Green “basically” had a sports hernia and would be skating in around two weeks. The timeline for his return is four to six weeks. McPhee pointed to Green’s stomach wall as the area that needed to be repaired.

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“It will now eliminate the unknown,” McPhee said. “Sometimes when you take the conservative approach it takes a while and you don’t really know when the player’s going to be ready. With this procedure, we know when the player should be ready.”

Assistant coach Dean Evason had this surgery 14 years ago and reported feeling great afterward and no more groin problems the rest of his career.

McPhee said Dr. Michael Brunt from St. Louis is doing the operation.