Wilson speaking to reporters last month. (Photo credit: Amanda Bowen)
After Sunday’s final preseason game, Barry Trotz said the team’s lineup was all but set. No matter what, it will be temporary. While Mike Green and Michael Latta seem likely play Thursday, Jay Beagle and Aaron Volpatti will have to wait longer to come back from injury. Adding to the myriad wounded Capitals, Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson may not be back for a while after breaking various things during the summer.
Orlov broke his wrist this summer while playing for Russia. The Capitals insisted Orlov would likely be ready in September or October, but now his return date has been pushed back. Same for Wilson, who broke his fibula this summer in what the player termed a “freak accident.”
Last month, Barry Trotz said Wilson might be back by opening night, but the Capitals’ Senior Editor and Content Strategist Mike Vogel tweeted on Sunday that he does not expect either Orlov or Wilson to be ready until sometime in November, approximately six months after Orlov’s surgery. Wilson’s agent wouldn’t commit to a return date but agrees Wilson is weeks away.
I'm not expecting to see either suiting up before November.@mitchellwaldron What are the statuses of Orlov and Wilson? Short-term or longer?
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) October 6, 2014
“There is no definitive timetable at this point,” Wilson’s agent, Mark Guy, told RMNB. “He is going to be a few weeks though given he still hasn’t been able to do a full team practice.”
Orlov’s agent, Mark Gandler, didn’t respond to a request for comment before publication. Last week, Gandler discussed the severity of Orlov’s injury in an interview with Sovetsky Sport.
“He injured his hand,” Gandler told Pavel Lysenkov. “[Orlov] had a very difficult surgery at the end of May. An important bone was broken in several places, completely deformed. It was reshaped and fused together, otherwise he would have problems for the rest of his career. Rehab in such cases is at least four months. And in Orlov’s case, it seems it could be even longer.”
The four month anniversary of Orlov’s surgery was two Mondays ago.
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