Colaiacovo hoping for good news

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

Carlo Colaiacovo's life has been filled with days of dizziness, headaches and fatigue.

Having suffered a concussion during a scary spill during a game against the Ottawa Senators Jan. 23, the young defenceman has been on a roller-coaster ride of uncertainty ever since.

Attempts to begin light workouts just weeks after the incident backfired when he suffered a setback and was ordered to resume bed rest.

Colaiacovo will meet with Dr. Karen Johnston today, the renowned neurosurgeon who specializes in treating patients with post-concussion syndrome. Eric Lindros and Scott Stevens are among the NHLers who have sought out her advice in the past.

Should Colaiacovo get the green light, he'll be able to resume limited activity in what he hopes will be his road back to the NHL.

But he's not counting on anything. At least not yet.

"I'm really excited but, at the same time, I know very well it is a slow process," said Colaiacovo, who visited the Leafs dressing room at Lakeshore Lions Arena yesterday.

"I can't look too far ahead. I'm feeling better but there still are a number of slow steps ahead."

Asked to describe his past two months, Colaiacovo was quick to respond. "One word -- tough," he said.

"I've never gone through a period this long of inactivity. There have been a lot of days where I was not allowed to do anything but rest and spend time with myself.

"Luckily I've had lots of support from friends and family."

In a perfect world, Colaiacovo would love to be back in time to participate in the post-season either for the Leafs (a long shot at best to make it) or the Marlies.

"But I have no timetable right now. There is none. You can't gauge something like this."

Coach Pat Quinn was encouraged to see injured players like Colaiacovo and Ed Belfour at the rink.

"I think it's important for the guys to see hurt guys like Carlo, Ed and Eric (Lindros) offering their support," Quinn said.


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