Yeah, that what he told Sovetsky Sport in this interview (in Russian) : http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/default.asp?p=2&date=2004/6/23&id=157578 Summary : Markov says he underwent a shoulder surgery on June 3rd, and it should take 3 or 4 months to recover. But according to him, the injury is not what motivated his decision to skip the World Cup. Just as Khabibulin mentionned a few days ago, Markov thinks that the situation in the Russian Hockey Federation is chaotic. In fact Markov told GM Igor Tuzik about his surgery 2 weeks before coach Bilyaletdinov contacted him personnally, and had no idea Markov had surgery!!! Finally Markov says he has nothing against Tuzik, but doesn't understand why Igor Larionov wasn't named Russia's GM since he's certainly the most respected person among Russian NHL players.