Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones out 8-10 weeks after ankle surgery

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones (3) skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars. (LM Otero/AP)

Columbus Blue Jackets all-star defenceman Seth Jones had ankle surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks.

Jones suffered a sprain and hairline fracture in his ankle in Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Jones will not likely return to action before the end of the regular season, but could be available if the Blue Jackets make the playoffs. The team enters play Tuesday in the Eastern Conference’s first wild card spot, three points clear of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jones joins a long list of injured Blue Jackets who are out long term including forwards Alexander Wennberg, Alexandre Texier, Josh Anderson and Brandon Dubinsky; defencemen Dean Kukan and Ryan Murray; and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.

Jones — along with Zach Werenski — leads the Blue Jackets defence corps in basically every category. Jones appeared in his third all-star game earlier this season and has 30 points in 56 games.

Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from AHL Cleveland Monday to take Jones’ place in the lineup.

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