Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, injured early into Russia’s gold-medal run during the IIHF World Championships last month, is facing a recovery process that could extend into the beginning of October, a team spokesman said Wednesday.

Though the injury was initially cited as a broken left arm, Orlov underwent surgery on May 22 to repair a broken left wrist. He was put into a cast and sling shortly thereafter, with plans to have the cast removed stateside on July 9. Orlov’s flight back to the United States from his native Russia is booked for July 8.

The operation was performed in New York City by Dr. Charles Melone, a renowned hand specialist who, according to a 1998 Daily News article, “counts Don Mattingly, Gary Sheffield, Tommy John, Bobby Bonilla, Dikembe Mutombo and now [Jayson] Williams and [Patrick] Ewing among his pro patients.” (A message was left with Melone’s office seeking general comment about timetables for wrist rehabilitation, and this post will be updated if a response comes.)

The rehab process, according to the spokesman, will last around four months, estimated by Melone based on Orlov’s improved range of motion following surgery; wrist surgeries of this nature typically carry a healing timetable between four to six months. Orlov suffered the injury on May 12 during a preliminary-round game against the United States and was quickly flown stateside from Belarus to be evaluated. He went under the knife less than two weeks later and “most likely will be completely cleared at some point in September or October.”