EDMONTON - If bad luck really does come in threes, Jordan Eberle might want to walk around in a padded suit for a while.
Unless the Oilers season counts as a terrible misfortune, then he’s OK.
Asked after the morning skate on Tuesday to talk about his injury, the guy who’s never really been injured before had to ask the media to be specific.
“Which one, my stomach or my foot,” said the rookie winger, who’s recovering from an ankle sprain and an emergency appendectomy.
“My stomach is back to normal, it has been for a few days now. I’m just kind of taking care of my foot.
“I’m trying to make sure that when I come back I don’t re-injure it and have it nag for the rest of my career. That’s the biggest thing; we want to make sure we take care of it and not have any problems in the future.”
Eberle got it with both barrels earlier this month when he wound up on the operating table for his appendix before the swelling in his sprained ankle had even gone down.
“I’ve never really been injured and then in two days I kind of got everything,” he said, adding the gut trouble came out of nowhere.
“I just woke up in the morning and my stomach was killing me. It was bad. I thought I had food poisoning, originally. I was vomiting and it was a really sharp pain.
“I came to the rink, checked it out and they said you have to go to the hospital. The doctor poked around, said I had appendicitis and had to get it removed right away. If it bursts it could be really dangerous. Within two hours I was on the operating table.
“It’s a really quick procedure the way they do it and it’s a pretty quick rehab.”
Eberle, who’s missed eight games, says the stomach is a non issue and the ankle is close.
“It’s been getting better, that’s for sure. I’ve been skating the last few days. It was a little sore on Monday. It’s still kind of day to day. I’m definitely close. I felt good on the ice today.
“There are degrees of it and mine is minor. A regular high ankle sprain takes a month or something. I’m only two weeks in and I’m almost back so that’s a good sign.”
He already missed the club’s holiday at Palm Springs to the injuries, but looks like he’ll be ready for the All Star at the end of the month.