December 16, 2014
TORONTO– Prospect Josh Leivo will need a further evaluation before knowing when he can return to the Marlies lineup.
Leivo left Friday’s game against the Utica Comets after taking a hit into the boards and sat out the next two games with what the team listed as an upper-body injury.
He is scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday, which will help clarify the damage done to what is believed to be his shoulder.
“We won’t know until tomorrow morning,” Marlies associate coach Derek King said Tuesday after an optional team skate.
“It’s just precautionary,” he added about the MRI. “Could be nothing but no point in rushing him right now.”
Until the extent of the injury is revealed, a time frame for how long Leivo will be sidelined is unavailable. While this hampers the Marlies, it also leaves the Maple Leafs short an option if they need to recall a forward anytime soon.
This isn’t the first set back Leivo has had to deal with this season.
The 21-year-old forward missed time early in the season because of a bruised foot from blocking a shot while with playing with the Leafs.
Injuries have been a constant this season for the Marlies and Leivo is one more body to add to the current list of players watching instead of playing.
Defenceman Petter Granberg has missed the past 12 games and centre Greg McKegg has sat out eight games- both because of lower-body injuries.
Granberg and McKegg skated in Thursday’s optional, however neither are expected to return to the Marlies for at least two more weeks at the earliest.
“We’ll see those guys in the new year,” said King.
Toronto’s next game is this Friday in Grand Rapids against the Griffins.