Pittsburgh Penguins centre Jordan Staal to miss start of training camp

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Jordan Staal won’t be on the ice when the Pittsburgh Penguins open training camp later this month.

The 21-year-old centre is still recovering from the lacerated tendon in his right foot that he suffered during the playoffs. The team announced Thursday that an infection recently delayed Staal’s recovery.

Staal suffered the injury during Game 1 of a second-round series with Montreal. He underwent surgery the next morning and returned for Game 4 of the series—well ahead of schedule.

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“The fact that Jordan came back and played with this injury during the playoffs is a testament to his toughness and competitiveness,” GM Ray Shero said in a statement.

The Penguins expect to have him in the lineup when they open the regular season against Philadelphia on Oct. 7.

Staal had 21 goals and 49 points while appearing in all 82 games last season.