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Wild's Keith Ballard released with facial fractures, concussion

Minnesota Wild defenceman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital. He suffered facial fractures and has a concussion after taking a hit from New York Islanders defenceman Matt Martin in a game Tuesday night.

Hospitalized following hit from Islanders' Matt Martin

No penalty was assessed on the Matt Martin hit that caused Minnesota Wild defenceman Keith Ballard's injuries. (Ann Heisenfelt/The Associated Press)

Minnesota Wild defenceman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards.

The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.

Ballard was hurt Tuesday when he tried to turn away from Matt Martin as the New York Islanders left wing charged toward him. Ballard was driven face-forward into the dasher board, and his head bounced hard on the ice after he fell. At one point, Ballard appeared to be convulsing back and forth as medics hustled out a stretcher, but he was able to get up after a few minutes and walk slowly to the locker room with assistance.

The Wild recalled defenceman Justin Falk from their AHL affiliate in Iowa to fill in.


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