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Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson out for 6-8 weeks due to broken foot

Vancouver Canucks' Loui Eriksson (21) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Adam Larsson (6) during first period NHL action in Edmonton, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. .
Vancouver Canucks' Loui Eriksson (21) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Adam Larsson (6) during first period NHL action in Edmonton, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday that defenceman Adam Larsson will be out for six to eight weeks due to a broken foot.

The 26-year-old took a puck to the foot while attempting to block a shot in the first period during Wednesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.

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“He’s disappointed. Tough break for him,” head coach Dave Tippett said.

Larsson doesn’t require surgery for the break, but Tippett said he didn’t have a timeline for how long recovery would take.

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Larsson was placed on the long-term injured reserve list Thursday morning and that afternoon, the team announced he had suffered a fractured right fibula.

While Tippett couldn’t say Thursday afternoon what the lineup will look like for Saturday’s game, he stressed Larsson’s injury wouldn’t be an excuse for the team to slow down.

“Everybody’s going to have injuries, you’re just going to have to deal with them.

“We talk about it all the time: injuries aren’t an excuse for not winning. Somebody else has got to take that spot and get the job done.”

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Despite the injury, Larsson played almost the rest of the game, Tippett said, adding that it shows the type of player the defenceman is.

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The Oilers also announced that defencemen Ethan Bear has been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors and that Evan Bouchard has been recalled.