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Weber out indefinitely for Canadiens with foot injury

Defenseman shut down, sent home to be re-evaluated

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Defenseman Shea Weber left the Montreal Canadiens on Monday to have a foot injury re-evaluated.

Coach Claude Julien wasn't sure how long Weber will be sidelined. The Canadiens play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in the second of a season-long seven-game road trip Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).

"We're going to shut him down for a little bit," Julien said. "His situation is not getting better. He's got an injury in the foot area that got better and then it gets worse again, so we are going to send him home and get him reevaluated."

Weber missed seven games at the end of November before returning to play the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2. He averaged 22:44 of ice time in his past six games, including 22:58 outdoors in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Saturday. He did not practice in Vancouver on Monday. 

"He's still playing but he's certainly not comfortable there, so we need to get this solved, so we're going to send him home and get our doctors to look at him again," Julien said. "He was trying his best and at the end, I think the best thing to do is shut him down."

Weber, 32, leads Canadiens defensemen with six goals and 16 points in 26 games. He has 501 points (189 goals, 312 assists) in 867 NHL games in 13 seasons with the Nashville Predators and Canadiens.

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