Good news on Leafs' Versteeg's injury

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

TORONTO - Kris Versteeg might not be back in the Toronto lineup on Saturday, but neither will he be on the disabled list.

An MRI test taken Friday afternoon on the left winger’s sore back came back negative after he was forced to withdraw before Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Boston. Versteeg, with a goal and assist after eight games with his new team, missed two days of practice before and after the Boston game.

The MRI result was good news after a similar test earlier in the week revealed a finger injury to Colby Armstrong that sidelined the winger four to six weeks. Coach Ron Wilson agreed that injuries were bound to catch up to the Leafs at some point after a relatively healthy start.

“Everyone is big in our league, it’s hard hitting, yet both of these injuries are kind of freakish things,” Wilson said. “Kris has had some issues with his back, it gets sore every once in awhile and he needs to rest it.”

The lines at Friday’s practice were very much the same as in Boston, with most of the pressure still on the Nikolai Kulemin-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel combo, though second-line centre Mikhail Grabovski must start cashing in soon.


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