MacLean says he has ‘no idea’ about report claiming Spezza setback

An RDS report late Wednesday suggested that injured Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza could need more time than expected to return from his back disc surgery and could still be out for another month, but Senators coach Paul MacLean says he was unaware of anything new development in his recovery.

It might be a while before Sens fans get to welcome Jason Spezza back to the ice, according to a report. Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images.

MONTREAL — An RDS report late Wednesday suggested that injured Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza could need more time than expected to return from his back disc surgery and could still be out for another month, but Senators coach Paul MacLean says he was unaware of anything new development in his recovery.
“I have no idea,” MacLean said following the Senators’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens. “I don’t know. Not that I know of. I don’t know anything about that. I was here all day, just like (the media).”
Spezza had returned to skating to light skating in recent weeks — away from his teammates — and appeared to be on track to get back into the lineup, perhaps before the end of March.
However, the report by Renaud Lavoie of RDS suggests that Spezza is dealing with “some stiffness” in his back, slowing his recovery.
The recovery from back disc surgery is typically in the six-to-eight-week range. Spezza is currently in Week 6, but if he’s sidelined for another four weeks, he wouldn’t be ready until perhaps the final two weeks of the season.

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