Red Wings’ Mike Green out for season to recover from virus

Former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Mike Green (25) has announced his retirement from the NHL. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Mike Green‘s season with the Detroit Red Wings has come to an early end.

Head coach Jeff Blashill said the defenceman will miss the remainder of the year while he recovers from a virus.

Green missed parts of training camp and the beginning of the season with a virus affecting his liver and earlier this week, Blashill said the illness “had reactivated.” Blashill added Thursday that there are no long term concerns for Green, but a specialist recommended multiple weeks of rest.

The Red Wings’ final game of the season is April 6 against the Buffalo Sabres.

The 33-year-old Green has dealt with a wide-range of injuries in recent years. Around Christmas time he missed 12 games with a foot injury, and last March he had surgery on his neck that forced him to miss the end of the season.

In 43 games this season, Green has five goals and 26 points.

In other Red Wings news, leading-scorer Dylan Larkin will miss Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers with a lingering back issue. The team says it will know more about the injury on Friday.

Larkin has 27 goals and 62 points in 65 games this season.

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