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Ryan Kesler Injury: Updates on Canucks Star's Foot

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18:  Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks reacts after a second straight penalty to his team during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2013

Vancouver Canucks star Ryan Kesler continues to recover from a foot injury.

 

UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 8, at 2:14 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Fantastic news for Canucks fans as Ryan Kesler will return to action tonight, the team announced this afternoon.

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 8, at 1:45 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Canucks fans as Ryan Kesler (foot) was skating today, according to The Province's Jim Jamieson.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 4:32 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Good news for Canucks fans, as Ryan Kesler is getting closer to returning to the lineup, as the team expects him to skate tomorrow, according to Vancouver's official Twitter account.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10:35 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to Ben Kuzma, Kesler's injury actually occurred on Feb. 15 against Dallas, not Feb. 21—the date originally reported: 

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A CT scan confirmed this on Wednesday, according to the team's official Twitter account:

Kesler played over 19 minutes in Tuesday night's loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, but he showed no signs of a severe injury.

According to TSN.ca, Kesler was witnessed wearing an air cast at the Canucks' practice session on Wednesday and will likely miss anywhere from four to six weeks. The injury was believed to have happened on Feb. 21 in a win over the Dallas Stars, according to reports via TSN.ca.

Regardless of whether Kesler can make his way back into the lineup in as soon as a month, the Canucks are sure to feel the impact of his absence. The veteran center accounted for 49 points in 77 games last year for the top-seeded Canucks, boasting a shooting percentage of 9.9 to go along with 22 goals and 27 assists. 

Kesler, who is 28 years old, has played in just seven games for Vancouver this season, missing all of January while he recovered from wrist and shoulder surgery. He has five points since returning in mid-February, scoring one goal and tallying four assists over that time.

Vancouver is currently in first place in the Northwest division and hanging on to the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. However, the Canucks have lost five of their last seven after winning six in a row to begin the month of February.

A Michigan native, Kesler has played his entire NHL career with Vancouver after being selected by the Canucks in the first round of the 2003 NHL draft. 

 

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