MONTREAL — Sources close to the Montreal Canadiens have informed Sportsnet that Shea Weber’s recovery from surgery to repair tendons in his left foot is estimated to be closer to four months rather than the six-month timeline the Canadiens advanced in mid-March.
"It could take four-to-five months," said one source. "But, if all goes well, it should be closer to four. That’s why the Canadiens are 100 per cent certain he will be ready and in top shape for the start of next training camp."
Weber, who was limited to just 26 games this season, played through the injury from early October to mid-December — when he was shut down by team officials. The defenceman was then placed in a walking boot for six weeks and wasn’t able to resume skating before early February.
But Weber’s recovery wasn’t progressing, and after consulting with Green Bay, Wisc., specialist Dr. Robert Anderson the decision was made to have season-ending surgery.
On March 13, the Canadiens announced Weber would need six months to recover from surgery, which was performed by Anderson earlier that day. With Weber’s recovery expected to take less time, he’ll likely be able to return to on-ice training well in advance of training camp in September.
Weber, who averaged 25:21 per game and registered six goals and 10 assists this season, is expected to address the media this week regarding his recovery from surgery.