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Ehlers injury will keep him sidelined longer than first thought

Maurice: "We're looking at another week or two."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets will have to wait just a bit longer than they thought before Nikolaj Ehlers is able to return to the line-up.

The 22-year-old suffered an upper-body injury on Jan. 4 in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, the result of a collision with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Ehlers has missed 16 games with that injury and despite the fact the forward has been skating for the past week, his injury will keep him out a bit longer.

"He didn't have a setback, but he just had an appointment yesterday. We're looking at another week or two," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "He was getting close to the end of the window and wasn't feeling a whole lot better. Then we had it checked again. It's going to be longer than we thought."

The forward has 15 goals and 27 points in 40 games this season. It was initially hoped that Ehlers may be able to return during Winnipeg's upcoming three-game road trip that begins in Colorado on Feb. 20. But following the update from this appointment, Maurice said it could be "one to three weeks before he can play" making late February a more reasonable timeline.

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