Colaiacovo hopeful, but doubtful

KEN FIDLIN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Even as the Maple Leafs inch their way back toward full health, the injury list just keeps getting longer.

Carlo Colaiacovo is the latest Leaf to join the walking wounded, having jammed his wrist in the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 win in Pittsburgh.

He's doubtful for tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre, and perhaps for some time after that.

Eric Lindros (wrist ligament), Alexander Steen (thumb), Nik Antropov (knee) and Jason Allison (finger) preceded Colaiacovo into the medical room. None of them is expected back tonight but Steen may return as early as Saturday in New Jersey.

Colaiacovo went for an MRI yesterday and wasn't ready to count himself out until those results tell him otherwise.

"It's no better, no worse," Colaiacovo said. "We're just waiting to hear back on the MRI. It's pretty painful but it just happened 12 hours ago, so we'll see how the next 12 or 24 hours go. Hopefully, it's nothing that's going to keep me out."

Coach Pat Quinn wasn't so sure.

"I was told not to expect him to play," said Quinn, who will probably have 6-foot-5 defenceman Andy Wozniewski ready to go tonight.

Steen skated in yesterday's optional practice and had plenty of jump.

"We'll talk to the doctors and see where I'm at," he said. "It's difficult, knowing I'm getting closer and closer and seeing some of the other guys getting hurt. At the same time, I've got to wait until I'm ready. I don't want to come back and then have to be out again."

Lindros also skated yesterday but his wrist ligament injury, already 2 1/2 weeks old, will take more time to heal.

"At first we thought it would be a two- or three-week affair and then with the MRI, we realized it was going to be a little bit longer," Lindros said.

"There's not much to do, just make sure it's stable and don't have any setbacks. It'll heal by itself and as long as it does that, we can take surgery out of the equation."

Meanwhile Allison had to have his fingernail re-attached after taking a shot on the end of a finger during Monday's game.

"Initially they said seven to 10 days but it'll take that long for the cut to heal, so we'll just have to see," Quinn said.


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