Cue a collective sigh of relief from Leafs Nation.
The injury that sent superstar John Tavares home from the World Championships will only take about one month to heal.
Leafs centre John Tavares should return to his full off-season training program in approximately one month after suffering an oblique injury in preparation for the World Championships.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 11, 2019
The original message posted by the Leafs PR department was labeled vaguely as an “oblique injury.” Factoring in his immediate return home from Slovakia, plus the dramatic nature of many Leafs fans (namely me), some jumped to the conclusion his injury could require surgery and three-to-four months of rehab.
Leafs centre John Tavares sustained an oblique injury in preparation for the World Championships. Tavares will return to Toronto for further evaluation by the Leafs medical staff and a further update will follow in the coming days.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 9, 2019
Without Tavares, Canada dropped its tournament opener to Finland by a score of 3-1. Filling his void in the lineup, Canada added Tyson Jost and Pierre-Luc Dubois up front.
Although it’s a big loss for Canada at the World Championships, we can all sleep better in our Leafs bedsheets knowing Tavares will be in tip-top shape when the season begins.
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