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Claude Giroux injury: Flyers forward returning home for tests

Flyers forward Claude Giroux will fly to Atlanta to undergo precautionary tests after suffering a head injury Friday in Germany.

Matthias Kern

Philadelphia Flyers star forward Claude Giroux, who was playing overseas, is returning home for "precautionary tests" to his head area, the SB Nation blog Broad Street Hockey is reporting. Giroux was the Flyers' top point-getter last season and was playing in Germany because of the NHL lockout.

According to the German website Hockeyweb.de, Giroux will undergo tests in Atlanta days after getting checked in the head by an unknown Krefeld player. Broad Street Hockey said Giroux, who last season missed games because of concussion-like symptoms, left the ice under his own power and was sent to the hospital.

Initial reports said Giroux just stretched out his neck and was going to miss just one game, however, that's no longer the case. This latest development will make Flyers fans worry if the injury is more serious than what was originally reported.

This could also end Giroux's time overseas, as the Flyers led by general manager Paul Holmgren may advise their star to wait for the NHL lockout to end.