Sidney Crosby's Return is Imminent

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Sidney Crosby took a significant step last week in his rehabilitation from sports hernia surgery when he began skating individually.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that he believes Monday marked the sixth day that Crosby has been on the ice. Currently, there is not a target date for his return — at least not a public one. The captain is not expected to join Pittsburgh during its three-game swing in western Canada.

When the Penguins announced that Crosby underwent successful surgery at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia on Nov. 14, the team said he would miss a minimum of six weeks. For what it’s worth, Dec. 26 would mark exactly six weeks from the procedure.

Typically, injured Penguins skate individually. Then, they participate in a full-team practice — or for longer injuries, a couple full-team practices — before returning to the lineup on game night. So Crosby still has a few more steps to take before his return becomes imminent.

Initially, Crosby was injured during training camp. But he played through the injury for the first six weeks of the season, and did so quite well.

At the time of his surgery, he led the team in scoring with 17 points (12 assists and five goals) in 17 games. The toughness and determination Crosby showed to try to play through the pain was recognized by his teammates.

“It’s just the type of leader he is, he wants to play through everything. He wants to be out there with our team. Just the true captain that he is.”

In addition to Crosby, the Penguins are still dealing with long-term injuries to Patric Hornqvist (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery) and Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery to repair torn ligaments).

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