Montreal Canadiens fans were waiting and waiting. After star defenseman Shea Weber was shut down and sent back home over the Christmas holiday before a contest against the Vancouver Canucks, fans thought he would be back.
Especially when head coach Claude Julien mentioned that he could suit up once again after the All-Star break. The veteran defender, who suffered a foot injury, was even seen at the beginning of February on the ice with some Habs players, in what looked like a guy getting ready to return sooner than later.
It was all false hope. The Canadiens have made it official on Thursday: Weber will undergo surgery to repair a tear in a tendon in his left foot and will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
˝Following the diagnosis of Shea Weber's injury, it was our belief that after a comprehensive rehabilitation protocol under the guidance of our medical team, Shea would be able to return to play this season. Unfortunately, after extensive efforts to heal Shea's injury, progress has not been made as expected. After further exams, and a consultation on Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, and with Shea's approval, it has been determined that he should undergo surgery and will be out for the reminder of the season. Our medical group will work with Shea to ensure he is pursuing the best course of treatment moving forward, and we expect him to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of training camp next season. The length of his recovery will be determined following surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Anderson,'' said the Club's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Paul Martineau in a statement that can be found of the club's website.
Weber only took part in 26 games this season, tallying six goals and 16 points in total. He missed a total of 32 contests with injury, the last 26 with this left foot one, that sends him straight to the operating room.
Can this season be over with?, are probably asking most Canadiens fans.