Schubert in the clear

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Christoph Schubert has dodged a bullet.

After contracting a virus while on vacation in the Caribbean before training camp, the 24-year-old learned yesterday it's nothing serious and he should be ready to return to the ice later this week.

There was some concern as to what the Senators defenceman may have contacted, but after extensive testing, doctors determined he should fully recover.

Schubert, who is entering his sophomore season with the Senators, was working out off the ice yesterday while the rest of the players participated in the Red and White scrimmage at Scotiabank Place.

"It looks like he just has an infection and he just needs a little time to get feeling better," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

VARIETY OF TESTS

"They tested him for a variety of things and I think it comes back to a virus at this point. I believe they are talking midweek before he should have any contact or do anything strenuous."

When he does return, the versatile Schubert, who notched four goals and 10 points in 56 games in his rookie season, is expected to skate primarily as a defenceman, but could also see some time up front -- a move made by Murray occasionally last season.

"I've told him that he's got to practice in both situations and he's got to become one of those players who becomes very useful over 82 games," said Murray.


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