January 5, 2014
TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies will most likely head out on their upcoming five-game road trip without the services of defenceman Stuart Percy and forward Josh Leivo.
Both players have been sidelined with separate injuries since before Christmas and neither seem ready to return to the lineup before Toronto plays the Texas Stars on Saturday.
Percy has been out with what’s believed to be a concussion since Dec. 21 while Leivo has been watching from the stands since Dec. 14 with an upper-body injury that could in fact be related to his shoulder.
The 21-year-old blue-liner left a game against the Milwaukee Admirals after being hit head first into the sideboards. After the game coach Gord Dineen confirmed that Percy had in fact “dinged” his head on the play. He has missed six games since the incident and is currently waiting for medical clearance before he can start to practise with his teammates.
“Stu has been skating, he’s still got go through different things that our doctors have to clear him, but he is skating and working hard,” said Dineen after Toronto’s 3-2 win against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday.
“He wants to get back in there soon.”
Leivo, meanwhile, has missed the past 11 games and hasn’t practised with the club either. After having an MRI, the team announced that he would be out four weeks— which could mean he returns on schedule if all goes well.
“It’s a matter of time with him, he’s skated on his own,” said Dineen. “We’re hoping to get him into a practice situation this week.”
The 21-year-old forward also missed time early in the season because of a bruised foot from blocking a shot while with playing with the Leafs.
The Marlies will practise all week in Toronto before heading south on Friday.