Dave Bolland was hoping to suit up for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they took on the New York Islanders on Thursday. It’s being reported that he suffered a setback in his return from an ankle injury though, making that come back seem all but impossible.
The Toronto Globe and Mail confirmed that he was practicing in a no-contact sweater when he stumbled during practice earlier this morning. As per their report:
Bolland stumbled late during Tuesday’s practice and grimaced, a sign of obvious discomfort. Bolland suffered a severed ankle tendon in a game Nov. 2 but had resumed practising with the Maple Leafs. Afterward, Bolland told reporters he’s still day to day.
This has been an aggravating season for the Ontario native. Bolland was excited to join the Maple Leafs over the summer, and scored six goals in his first 15 games played. That’s all he’s been able to play for Toronto though, and he hasn’t taken part in a game since November 2.
Bolland hoped to be able to return after the Winter Olympic break, but it seems that he’ll continue to miss time after suffering another setback.
His next chance to get back into action for Toronto will be on March 1 if he’s unable to go on Thursday.