Markov won't return before November

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov practices in Brossard, Que., Sep. 24, 2011. (CHARLES WILLIAM...

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov practices in Brossard, Que., Sep. 24, 2011. (CHARLES WILLIAM PELLETIER/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

Andrei Markov will not return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup before November and will work out in Florida next week as he continues his rehabilitation from surgery in April to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The 32-year-old defenceman played just seven games last season and endured two surgeries within one year on his right knee.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Tuesday "October is out of the question" for Markov's return.

The Canadiens confirmed that Markov saw his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, this week and will meet with the specialist again before returning to Montreal.

Martin said Markov's recovery was on schedule.


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