Evans Clinchy
Tuesday March 20th, 2012

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros needs surgery to remove a small disc fragment from his lower back, according to FOX Sports. He will miss 6-8 weeks.

The team has announced that Meszaros will have his operation Wednesday in Philadelphia. His season is likely over unless the Flyers make a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs this spring.

The 26-year-old Meszaros last played for the Flyers on March 1 against the New York Islanders. He's averaged nearly 21 minutes per game this season, compiling seven goals and 18 assists. The Flyers currently rank third in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the first-place New York Rangers. They'll be without Meszaros when they take on the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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