Kaberle to sit tonight

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:56 PM ET

Tomas Kaberle will have to wait.

The healing Maple Leafs defenceman did not receive medical clearance to return to game action, meaning he will not be in the lineup Tuesday night when Toronto plays host to the New Jersey Devils at the Air Canada Centre.

Kaberle, who suffered a concussion against those same Devils on March 2, will undergo one more significant medical test in the coming days. Should he pass that, as expected, both Kaberle and Leaf officials are targeting Friday's game in Buffalo against the Sabres for his return.

Asked if the ultimate decision to delay the comeback was made by the doctors or by himself, Kaberle replied "Both."

"It's difficult, but I think a few more days might be best for me," Kaberle said Tuesday morning.

"It's tough when you have a head injury. I don't want to play one or two games, then not feel good again."

Kaberle did make an unsuccessful attempt to talk team officials into letting him play.

"It's for the best," he said. "At least I've been feeling better and better every time out."

Kaberle suffered his first career concussion when he absorbed a late hit from the Devils' Cam Janssen, who was suspended three games for the cheap shot.

The game tonight will be the eighth Kaberle has missed since the incident.


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