Andrei Markov has arrived at training camp. But when the defenceman will actually be ready to suit up for the Canadiens is still up in the air as Montreal players and coaches opened camp Friday morning in Brossard, Que.
Reports surfaced that the 32-year-old had suffered a setback in his recovery from ACL surgery on his right knee - as fluid buildup in the knee needed to be drained.
But it apparently isn't too concerning for Markov, despite the fact he won't joining his teammates on the ice tomorrow, and is considered day-to-day.
"I am more nervous talking to you than I am about my knee," Markov told reporters Friday.
He added that he doesn't feel any pain or discomfort, but just the usual tightness and swelling that comes during the recovery process of major reconstructive surgery.
A meeting with surgeon Dr. James Andrews about a month ago may have helped to settle his nerves as well, as Andrews told him at the time that the healing was going well, and that swelling at that time was normal.
Markov also said he is hopeful he will be able to play season opener in Toronto Oct. 6.
Markov injured the knee when he got entangled with Eric Staal of Carolina as both chased a puck in a corner during Montreal's 7-2 win over the Hurricanes last November. It was just the seventh game for Markov since originally injuring the knee in the second round of the 2009-10 playoffs against the Penguins.