Stamkos given green light, expects to return Thursday Staff

3/5/2014 10:11:25 AM

Steven Stamkos is finally ready to return.

The 24-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning centre tweeted the news out Wednesday morning, writing: "Just left the doctors office. Got the green light. See you tomorrow Bolts fans. Excited to be back!!"

The Lightning host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

He suffered a broken leg on Nov. 11 and has continued to rehabilitate the injury in both on- and off-ice workouts over the past months.

"Adversity is a good test and you're going to have to go through it in your career, so you hope it makes you a better player and a better person," Stamkos said. "I have a new perspective on my career as a professional athlete and how hard you have to work to maintain that."

Stamkos had hoped of returning to the Lightning lineup before the Olympic break and potentially claim his spot on the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team, but he was ruled out for the competition on Feb. 5.

One day later, his linemate Martin St. Louis was named as his Olympic replacement.

In 17 games with the Lightning in 2013-14, Stamkos has scored 14 goals and added nine assists. He has missed 45 games since sustaining the injury.