Breaking: Senators reveal major injury to Erik Karlsson.

Major injury for Karlsson.

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One of the National Hockey League's elite has suffered a significant injury. 

According to an official announcement from the Ottawa Senators organization, superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson has suffered multiple tendon tears in his left foot, and as a result surgery was required to repair the damage. 

This will now result in Karlsson needing an extensive recovery period to bounce back from the injury, four months to be exact, a huge length of time that fortunately comes during the offseason for Ottawa.

The Senators released the following statement:

"Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, N.C, to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The tears, which occurred during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season."

"The recovery from this surgery is expected to take approximately four months. This timeline leaves us hopeful that Erik will be fully recovered and healthy to start the 2017-18 regular season."

Here's to hoping he makes a full and speedy recovery.