Colin Fraser figured he was ready to go, but his foot proved otherwise.
Having taken a puck off the skate back in mid-March against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Edmonton Oilers centre took a couple of games off before attempting a return to the lineup.
It turns out, the return was premature.
"I have a crack in my foot," said Fraser. "Right now, I'm just day-to-day. I'm going to try to get back and I'm going to try to play.
"After it happened I took a couple of games off, then I played for three games where it was bugging me. Then in Minnesota last week, it blew up on me, it just swelled right up. We had it looked at with an MRI but right now it's pretty sore."
Fraser was not in the Oilers lineup on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. He's unlikely to dress Wednesday in Calgary against the Flames, leaving him just two games in order to get back before the end of the season.
The Oilers host the Minnesota Wild on Friday, then close out the season with an afternoon encounter in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
"I want to play, I love to play the game, I'm certainly going to try to get back," said Fraser. "I'm just taking it day-by-day and hopefully it gets better."
With a shortage of healthy bodies on the Oilers roster, it's likely Fraser will be inserted back in the lineup if he's able to tolerate the pain.
The Sicamous, B.C. native has yet to skate since being forced back out of the lineup last week in Minnesota.
"Having that much time, I would think I'd have to get a practice in first," Fraser said. "Even when I was playing those three games, I took practices off.
"But it's been seven or eight days so I'll probably have to get a practice in. But if they want to throw me in and think I'm ready, I'll take that, too."