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Goaltender Roberto Luongo suffers setback in recovery from groin injury

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Vancouver Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo has experienced soreness in his injured groin and did not join his teammates on a trip to Edmonton for Saturday night's NHL game against the Oilers.

There had been speculation Luongo could play this weekend. But the Canuck captain left Wednesday's practice after only 20 minutes.

Coach Alain Vigneault said there still is no timetable for Luongo's return.

"For some time he has been feeling some soreness when he has been doing some dynamic exercises on the ice," Vigneault said on the team's website. "It's not going as quickly as we thought.

"Hopefully it's week-to-week instead of weeks-to-weeks. He just needs to back off on the ice."

Luongo strained his groin Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh. The Canucks have a 16-10-3 record for 35 points in the Northwest Division, but are 3-4-1 since Luongo's injury.

Curtis Sanford is expected to get the start against the Oilers.

Luongo has a 11-5-2 record, 2.17 goals against average and .926 save percentage. He also has five shutouts this season.

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