Alfredsson expected to miss weekend games

Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson during the Senator's practice in Ottawa Wednesday Oct 26, 2011....

Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson during the Senator's practice in Ottawa Wednesday Oct 26, 2011. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:04 PM ET

Daniel Alfredsson is on the road to recovery, but there is no timetable for his return.

The Senators captain has been cleared to do light exercise after suffering a concussion on a hit from New York Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski Saturday, but the captain likely wont play in either of the clubs games this weekend.

That means the 38-year-old will miss back-to-back home games Friday against the Montreal Canadiens and Saturday vs. the Buffalo Sabres.

Coach Paul MacLean didnt sound optimistic and pointed out that if you look at Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby's situation, the time needed for recovery is hard to predict with head injuries. Crosby is inching closer to return after suffering a concussion in January,

I dont have anything to make me pessimistic that its going to be long-term, said MacLean. Weve just got to be patient and wait ... see how he feels every day.

Theres a team in Pittsburgh that has waited 11 months (for Crosby). We dont know so we cant put our finger on it to say that it is (long-term) or it isnt. Right now, its anticipated (as short-term) but we dont know.

MacLean said Alfredsson would have to make great progress to play on the weekend.

I believe he could play if he passes the protocals. Thats my understanding, said MacLean. But he has to be ready to play. He hasnt skated and if he hasnt practised before Saturday then were probably not going to play him.

Goalie Alex Auld skated Wednesday and could dress as the backup vs. the Habs.


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