Habs defenceman Weber out 5-6 months with torn meniscus in right knee

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber will be out for an extended period of time after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Canadiens said in a statement Thursday that Weber’s recovery time is expected to be five to six months, meaning we won’t be suiting up for the Canadiens until December at the earliest.

It’s the second surgery this year for Weber, who underwent a procedure to repair a torn tendon in his left foot in March.

Club surgeon Dr. David Mulder said the damage to Weber’s knee was discovered last month after a knee arthroscopy as part of his rehabilitation from foot surgery.

Weber, a 32-year-old from Sicamous, B.C., said earlier this year that his foot injury occurred in Montreal’s season opener against the Buffalo Sabres.

He said he continued to play with the torn tendon until a Dec. 16 outdoor game in Ottawa, when he realized the situation wasn’t improving. Weber managed six goals and 10 assists in 26 games despite the injury.

Weber was acquired by Montreal on June 29, 2016, in a trade that sent popular defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators.

The veteran rearguard has 189 goals, 312 assists and 620 penalty minutes over 13 seasons with Nashville and Montreal.

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