Carlo receives two shots

Carlo Colaiacovo lies on the ice at the end of practice on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Craig Robertson)

Carlo Colaiacovo lies on the ice at the end of practice on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Craig Robertson)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

Then he took one from his coach.

The oft-injured Maple Leafs defenceman hobbled out of Lakeshore Lions Arena this afternoon after being plunked by a puck during the team's 90-minute practice.

And while Leafs coach Ron Wilson said he did not expect Colaiacovo's ailment to be an issue, watching the defenceman limping around suggested otherwise.

As his brother, Paolo, accompanied him to a waiting vehicle, Colaiacovo admitted being exasperated by this latest setback. He was wearing a walking cast that ran all the way up his left leg to the knee.

Acknowledging that Colaiacovo was en route to having X-rays taken, Wilson suggested that Colaiacovo's injury-plagued history is related to less-than-ideal physical conditioning.

"The big thing with Carlo -- and I tell him that every day -- is that 'You're not in very good shape. It leads to all the other issues in the past'," Wilson said, adding the organization is working with Colaiacovo to improve his preparation.

Because of his various injuries, Colaiacovo, the 17th overall pick in the 2001 entry draft, has never played more than 48 games in an NHL season (2006-'07).

Wilson said he did not think Colaiacovo would miss time but, in the event he does, count on Swede Jonas Frogren getting back into the lineup, joining Anton Stralman, Pavel Kubina, Tomas Kaberle, Jeff Finger and Luke Schenn. Mike Van Ryn remains out with concussion and wrist problems while Ian White is enjoying his move up to the forward ranks.

The Leafs meet the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday at the Air Canada Centre. Wendel Clark's No. 17 will be honoured prior to the game.


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