|English: Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler during the pre-game warmup against the Boston Bruins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Kesler had been back just seven games when the second-line center broke his right foot. The team expects him to be out up to six weeks. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters that the fracture appeared on a CT scan last Wednesday morning. Kesler did not practice on Wednesday and was seen wearing an air cast before the team confirmed the injury.
"I assume Kesler will be out for a while," said Vigneault.
It is unclear when the injury occurred, but Vigneault believes Kesler was playing on the injury before it was diagnosed. Kesler seemed fine in Vancouver's 4-2 loss to Phoenix last Tuesday, when he played 19 minutes and had one assist.
"He's blocked a few shots since he's been back. That foot had taken two X-rays. He's been playing. Other than some discomfort he was handling it well. Yesterday he came in and told the doctor he still felt a little discomfort so just for peace of mind they decided to do a CT scan. We didn't get the results we had been anticipating, obviously," said Vigneault.
Kesler had just returned from off-season shoulder surgery. His recovery took two weeks longer than anticipated, but he provided an immediate boost to the Canucks' second line when he returned, scoring one goal and five assists. Kesler has 154 goals and 188 assists in 568 career games. He had a breakout year in 2009-10 when he scored 25 goals and had 50 assists, and followed that with 41 goals and 32 assists in 2010-11.
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