Some time before captain can take helm

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Ethan Moreau isn't expected back any time soon.

It was discovered the Edmonton Oilers captain has a crack in his foot and could be out of the lineup for another three weeks.

"It wasn't healing so we kind of figured there was more to it than just a bone bruise," Moreau said.

"We got another MRI and it shows that there was more of a fracture than we thought, so that explains the timeline."

Moreau was injured in the Oilers pre-season game in Calgary on Sept. 22 when he took a slapshot off his foot.

Initial ex-rays showed no break and Moreau was optimistic with his chances of playing in the team's home opener.

A couple of days prior to the regular season, the 32-year-old Huntsville, Ont., native was named the Oilers 12th captain in franchise history.

However, he has yet to play a game as the captain this season.

"It's been frustrating," Moreau said.

"IT WASN'T HEALING SO WE KIND OF FIGURED THERE WAS MORE TO IT THAN JUST A BONE BRUISE."

ETHAN MOREAU ON HIS NEWLY DIAGNOSED FOOT INJURY

"But I have a timeline now. At least I can deal with it. It's more of a three-to-six week thing rather than just waiting for it to get better.

"I'm already at three weeks, so hopefully next week it'll have some progress."

Moreau missed practically the entire 2006-2007 season after injuring his shoulder seven games into the year. The previous season he badly sprained his other foot playing basketball.

Due to the injury, he's not able to do much physically which will put him behind when he is able to get back on the ice.

However, the toughest part so far is watching his team struggle in his absence.

"It's the same situation I was in last year, having to watch our team struggle and I can't do anything about it, so it sucks," Moreau said.

"But it's not a thing where I'm out for the season.

"Worse-case scenario, I'm out for a couple of weeks, so at least I know that I'll be back and I'll be able to get myself in a position where I'll be able to help the team for most of the year."


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