Sundin may join practice within days

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The Maple Leafs could be welcoming their captain back to practice sooner than expected.

Should Mats Sundin receive medical clearance during a checkup early this week, the veteran Swede is poised to rejoin his teammates for on-ice workouts in the coming days.

"We'll go to see the doctors and go from there," Sundin said, cautioning that nothing is definite.

"Right now we're definitely moving in the right direction."

Sundin skated in full equipment yesterday for the first time since being smacked in the left eye by a puck during the Maple Leafs' season-opener against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 5.

"I was out there with Keith Acton and I don't want to do that for too many days," Sundin said after being pushed hard by the Leafs assistant coach.

"I can tell it's improving. It's better than it was last week and it's even better today.

"I still don't have the same vision I have in the right eye but everything definitely is better than it was a week ago, for sure."

Having said that, when might he return to game action?

"It's impossible for me to know at this time but we'll know more at the start of the week," he said. "Hopefully we can set a date at that time."


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