After a long injury, finally Montreal Canadiens' superstar Andrei Markov started eyeing his return on ice, even if it won't be that soon, probably not earlier than New Year's eve, "surely before the Olympics", using his own words.
Let's remember that the defenseman got injured on the season's opening night when he had a collision with team mate, goalie Corey Price and he got a teandon slashed by Price's skate. He needed a surgery and a long rehabilitation program, but now it looks like it's going to end rather soon.
Markov had an interview with Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, Russian Hockey Fans offers you a resume:
I felt it in my ankle, I just bent over and saw the cut. At the time I wasn't thinking it was too bad. It's part of our game, it's bad luck. It wasn't (Price's) fault. Hopefully I'm going to be better than before.
It's still boring right now. It's not comfortable, but I'm happy to step on the ice. The hardest part (of rehab) is seeing your team on the ice and watching the game on TV. It's tough, mentally.
But I feel good. Everything's on schedule. We'll see what happens tomorrow and next week. Maybe it's going to be early, I don't know.
I don't want to look that far ahead, [towards the Olympics]. I'll do it step by step. First of all, I have to come back to our team and we'll see what happens.