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Subban ‘seeing progress every day’ in recovery from upper-body injury

P.K. Subban has been sidelined for nearly three weeks with an upper-body injury, but he said he’s been taking steps towards getting back into action every day.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is going on three weeks out of the lineup, having been shelved since Dec. 15 with what has only been officially referred to as an upper-body injury. And though he was forced to miss the Predators’ outing against the Montreal Canadiens — a contest he likely had circled on his calendar since the day the schedule was released — there was some good news regarding Subban’s health ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Asked about his health and how he was feeling, Subban told media Tuesday that while the 2-3 week timeline the Predators had given was still in place, he felt as though he was starting to make strides towards getting back on the ice. 

“The good thing is that I’m seeing progress every day,” Subban said. “Getting better.”

Subban said that while it’s unfortunate to have to remain out of the lineup, he can’t ask for much more than continuing to heal as he attempts to get back into action by mid-to-late January. One of the keys to that, he said, was listening to the training staff and following the protocol they’ve laid out for him on his road to recovery.

“I’ve been pretty lucky my whole career to be able play in pretty much all the games, and it just so happens that this is just the way it went for me this time,” Subban added. “I have to be a pro about it, come to the rink every day and continue to get better, just like I have. I’ve been working with the trainers and it’s been good, so just having the right mindset I think is the most important thing.”

While no official word has come from the Predators, the reported ailment Subban has been dealing with is a herniated disk in his back. There was concern that if that was the case, Subban could be forced to go under the knife to repair the injury, which could very well cost him most, if not all, of what’s left of the campaign. And though surgery may remain an option if Subban can’t get back into the lineup by the end of the current three-week timeline that has been laid out, it seems as though both Subban and the Predators are trying to do everything they can to avoid a long-term absence.

Up until his injury, Subban’s performance had been as advertised for the Predators. In 29 games, he had notched seven goals and 17 points while averaging upwards of 25 minutes of ice time per game.

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