Penguins' Sidney Crosby still without timetable to return after September wrist surgery

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Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was anticipated to miss out on 6 weeks after going through left wrist surgical treatment early September, however the six-week mark passed Wednesday and the three-time Stanley Cup winner still does not have a schedule to return. It’s an unpleasant advancement for Crosby, who’s handled wrist discomfort because simply after the 2014 Winter Olympics, as his left wrist was surgically fixed in September 2020 too. 

While Crosby is dissatisfied about missing out on the start of the NHL season, the eight-time All-Star is hoping the wrist problems he’s dealt with for many years will quickly be a remote memory. 

“It was something I was able to manage (for years),” stated Crosby, who does not prepare for requiring another wrist surgical treatment. “There were points where it bugged me more than others. You just get used to it. … It became more and more of a factor last year and then into the summer. Just had to take care of it.”

“So I think we all felt like it was something I wouldn’t have got through this season if I didn’t take care of it,” the 34-year-old center included. “Unfortunately end up missing some time here early, but I guess the other side of that was missing a lot more games, probably, in the middle of the year.”

Crosby went back to practice Oct. 9 and skated with his group for an hour-plus on Friday. The Penguins have actually gone 2-0-2 without the two-time Hart Trophy winner, however their installing injuries might need him to return earlier instead of later on. Pittsburgh is missing out on Evgeni Malkin (knee), Bryan Rust (lower-body injury) and Jeff Carter (COVID-19) in addition to Crosby. 

An existing sticking point in Crosby’s healing is guaranteeing he’s healthy enough to manage his normal work of 20-25 faceoffs a video game. Faceoffs need fast and effective wrist motion, a capability Crosby has actually done not have because going back to the ice. 

“I haven’t really had any force, whether it’s faceoff, lifting sticks … battling, pushing around,” Crosby stated. “Those are things I haven’t been able to do. When I’m able to do that comfortably or do it without pain or being able to manage those things, I think that’ll be a big step.”

The Penguins go back to the ice Saturday at 7 p.m. ET versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

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