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Flames centre hobbled

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Calgary Flames centre Matthew Lombardi is on the shelf likely six to eight weeks due to an ankle injury.

Lombardi was diagnosed yesterday with a high ankle sprain as a result of a foot-first crash into the boards in the third period of Monday's 2-0 loss to Phoenix.

Though X-rays revealed his right ankle wasn't broken, Lombardi's definite time away won't be known until today at the earliest.

He went for a MRI yesterday afternoon.

"It was a bad fall," he's quoted on the Flames we site. "Just the way I rolled on it I had a bad feeling right away. I didn't know what it was. It was bad luck."

Lombardi, with three assists in six games this season, was on the forecheck when he lost his footing and slid into the boards.

He was on the ice for several moments before being helped to the dressing room.

Yesterday, he was using crutches to get around and sporting a temporary, soft cast.

Expect Byron Ritchie to step back into the lineup.

As of yesterday, no player had been recalled from the minors, with Eric Nystrom the most likely candidate should such a move be in the works.

A second-year NHLer, Lombardi was third on the Flames in 2003-04 with 16 goals.

Columbus star Rick Nash suffered a high ankle sprain in mid-September, returned briefly for the home opener but is now expected to miss another couple of weeks.


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