Canadiens’ Weber to return from ankle sprain vs. Red Wings on Tuesday

Montreal Canadiens defenscman Shea Weber. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

It’s official: Shea Weber is set to return when the Montreal Canadiens face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, well ahead of the four-to-six-week timeline that was assessed for his ankle sprain last week.

The veteran defenceman first appeared to hurt his foot on Feb. 4 in a game against the New Jersey Devils, but had to wait to get an MRI because of some swelling.

He was able to get the MRI on Feb. 12, when the Canadiens officially announced the injury as well as the four-to-six-week timeline.

Montreal coach Claude Julien said Monday that the decision to return was in Weber’s hands.

Weber has 34 points in 55 games this season.

Joining Weber in making their returns from injury against the Red Wings are forwards Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron.

Drouin sat out during the Canadiens’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

The 24-year-old winger is pointless in four games since returning from surgery to repair a torn tendon in his wrist. He has collected 15 points across 23 games.

Byron, meanwhile, had knee surgery on Nov. 18 and has been sidelined since. He has four points in 19 games this season.

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