Back bugs Alfie, will he return?

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

So much for Daniel Alfredsson returning to the lineup soon.

Senators coach Cory Clouston told reporters Tuesday that the Senators captain, who was supposed to return from a nagging back injury next week, could miss a few more weeks with the issue that has bothered him all year.

Whether Alfredsson, 37, is going to play again this season is now up in the air, but Clouston indicated there’s no point taking chances.

“It’s the type of injury where one day it feels a certain way and another day it feels another way,” said Clouston. “We’re not going to put him in a situation where there’s going to be further damage.

“That’s what he has been doing all season. It’s been getting progressively worse the more he tried to fight through it, so we’re not going in that situation.”

The Senators did have some good news on the injury front. D Chris Campoli (lower body) and C Jesse Winchester (knee) both practised and could return vs. the Florida Panthers Wednesday.

Campoli and Winchester both said they’d make a decision after the morning skate. C Peter Regin has a left shoulder injury, could require surgery and is out indefinitely. He likely won’t play this year.

KARLSSON STRUGGLING

D Erik Karlsson left practice early with an ailment, but should be ready to play vs. the Panthers. Karlsson, who is now a team-worst minus-28, hasn’t played well since the all-star break. “He’s got to get focused and get ready to play every night,” said Clouston. “We’re going through a tough stretch right now, so he’s got to find ways to motivate himself. He needs to better.”

LECLAIRE NOT READY

G Pascal Leclaire, sent to Binghamton for conditioning to recover from a groin/hip injury, was scheduled to start Wednesday, but isn’t ready. That means he will suit up Friday against Syracuse, Saturday vs. Rochester or Sunday in Adirondack.


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