Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal will miss the beginning of Pittsburgh’s 2010 training camp with a foot injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, the team announced this afternoon.
Staal was examined this Monday by Dr. Charles Burke after under-going setbacks over the past couple weeks.
“The fact that Jordan came back and played with this injury during the playoffs is a testament to his toughness and competitiveness,” Pens GM Ray Shero said. “He has experienced some setbacks due to infection, but is now on the road to recovery. We believe he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season in October.”
Updated: 2:30 p.m. – Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review has a few quotes from Staal who has been frustrated by the slow rehab process but is eyeing the middle of camp as a target date to get into things.
Sources close to Staal told me Tuesday morning that the belief is Staal won’t be close to full strength for about four weeks which should put him in line to participate fully near the end of the month if his foot responds accordingly.