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by Paul on 10/01/12 at 05:46 PM ET
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Ryan Kesler’s targeted return from offseason left shoulder and wrist surgeries has been pushed back to January — a month later than what the Vancouver Canucks centre predicted during the summer.
“That was before the (June 27) wrist surgery,” Kesler said Monday, following his first on-ice rehabbing session at UBC with Canucks strength and conditioning coach Glenn Carnegie. “I’m going to be re-evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic in early December, but the wrist really hampered the shoulder (May 8 surgery). I couldn’t do much for eight weeks.
“I’m pretty banged up. I can’t shoot or stickhandle yet. Strength-wise, healing the shoulder is going to be pretty tedious the next few months. I’m pretty far behind.
“I saw the doctor a week ago in Cleveland and my strength is so far behind with my wrist. If I had my shoulder surgery on the right side, it might have helped a bit. It’s going to take time, but time heals everything. And because I’m injured, I can’t have contact and I can’t shoot, so I would be pretty useless out there if I skated with them [teammates] now.”
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