Today Sidney spoke with The Associated Press regarding his prognosis:
Sidney Crosby’s high ankle sprain will force him to miss Sunday’s NHL All-Star game and six to eight weeks of the season, a major setback that means the Pittsburgh Penguins must play most of their remaining schedule without the league’s marquee player.And the fans will be supporting the Pens while you're gone right along side you, Sid!!! This will be the longest break from hockey Sid's ever had. (Prior to this, the longest break came when he didn't play for two weeks with a shoulder injury in his days before he was a Penguin.)
“I was hoping three to four weeks would be the most,” Crosby said, talking Tuesday for the first time since he was hurt.The Saint talks to the press.
Crosby said he must be careful not to rush back and “tweak it a lot, and then we’re back to square one. ... Right now, it’s all about healing.”
Team physician Charles Burke confirmed the injury was a high ankle sprain, but Crosby said there was no bone damage, which would have meant an even longer layoff.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” the 20-year-old Crosby said of the injury, the worst he’s had since he began his hockey career. “It’s going to be mentally tough as we go along [and I can’t play].”We all feel your pain, Sid.
“The pain has eased a little as it goes along,” said Crosby, who can’t do his normal conditioning and strength-building routine while he is hurt.
“But I can’t go into the dressing room pouting, or be in a grumpy mood,” Crosby said. “I can’t be coming in every day like that. I can’t feel sorry for myself. I have to be there to support the team.”