Sheffield Steelers' Robert Dowd likely to be out for weeks

Rob Dowd in happier times
Rob Dowd in happier times

Steelers' top scorer Robert Dowd is out of the Continental Cup - and could miss most of January's games at least back in the EIHL.

The Teesside flyer was hurt knee-on-knee on the wing for Sheffield in their 1-5 loss to Nomad Astana in Belarus tonight.

He went off after nine minutes and will likely go to a local hospital in Minsk either tonight or tomorrow.

Dowd described his situation as "not fantastic."

More tellingly he said that once he returned to Sheffield he expected it to be a "grind of a recovery."

He said he was massively frustrated by the injury, which came from an opponent who was kicked out of the game.