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by George Malik on 01/21/13 at 05:41 PM ET
Updated 4x at 6:11 PM: Finally, some good news regarding the Red Wings' injuries, from the Free Press's Helene St. James (inline because Twitter is acting weird):
Red Wings F Todd Bertuzzi does not have mononucleosis, could be back as soon as Friday. Original diagnosis was a false positive.
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms (inline again)...
Wings' Bertuzzi expected to play Friday after tests for mono come back negative, GM Ken Holland said.
And Here's Holland, via St. James:
"It's great news," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "The tests must have reacted to something going way back, so we redid the tests. He can play tomorrow if Mike Babcock wants him to, and he feels he's able."
Bertuzzi was also dealing with a sore groin, but Holland said that likely has been taken care off thanks to three days of rest. Under any circumstance, the Wings expect Bertuzzi to be at Tuesday's optional skate, and possibly be ready to play in the home opener against the Stars.
"It really is great news," Holland said. "Over the weekend, we thought he'd be gone a month. Now he'll be back at the latest by the end of the week. No doubt he had the flu, and was really sick. But we thought it prudent to redo the tests, and they showed Bert does not have mono. He's cleared to play."
Here's Ansar Khan's article:
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi is expected to return to the lineup Friday at home against Minnesota, after tests for mononucleosis today came back negative, general manager Ken Holland said.
The club originally feared that that big forward had mono and that me might miss weeks, up to a month, after he was experiencing some symptoms late last week. He did not travel with the club to St. Louis and Columbus and will not play in Tuesday's home opener against Dallas.
Bertuzzi, who turns 38 on Feb. 2, hasn't skated since Thursday, when he left an evening practice feeling tightness in his groin.
Update #3: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness updates both Bertuzzi's status and that of Jonathan Ericsson:
Wings general manager Ken Holland said Todd Bertuzzi’s test for mononucleosis was negative.
“He has no mono,” Holland told The Macomb Daily in a phone interview prior to the Wings’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. “It was a false alarm. So he just had the flu over the weekend.”
Holland said Bertuzzi will skate Tuesday morning, but doesn’t anticipate the forward playing until Friday at home against the Minnesota Wild.
“We’re thinking he’s going to play Friday,” Holland said. “We don’t except him to play tomorrow. The plan is right now for him to skate tomorrow and he’ll play Friday, but we’ll talk to him after the skate and see how he feels.”
Holland said he still didn’t know if defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be play tonight against the Blue Jackets. He would know more prior to the pre-game skate.
Ericsson injured his shoulder at practice Sunday, stepping on a puck and slamming into the boards.
Update #4: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's update:
The Red Wings on Monday received some good news on the injury front, for a change. Forward Todd Bertuzzi, as it turns out, does not have mononucleosis.
General manager Ken Holland said tests returned negative on Bertuzzi and the veteran forward will skate Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, though he will not play in the Wings' home opener on Tuesday night.
Holland said Bertuzzi, who missed the first two games of the season, is likely to be in the lineup Friday against Minnesota.
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