Hawks' Sharp to play with broken bone in wrist

Hawks' Sharp to play with broken bone in wrist
Hawks winger Patrick Sharp will return to action Tuesday despite a broken wrist bone that may require surgery after the season. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Tribune Photo)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia --

Chicago Blackhawks


Patrick Sharp

has a

broken bone

in his left wrist that may require surgery after the season, but the veteran will play Tuesday night against the

Vancouver Canucks

at Rogers Arena.

Sharp missed eight games after suffering the injury Jan. 8 when he was slashed by the

Detroit Red Wings


Jiri Hudler

while scoring his 20th goal of the season. After being placed on the injured list, Sharp was expected to miss three to four weeks with the injury but will return as the Hawks kick off a critical nine-game road trip.

Sharp said he was "100 percent healthy" after Tuesday's morning skate, but a source said the veteran is experiencing some pain and stiffness in the wrist and there's a possibility Sharp will require surgery on the broken bone on the outside of his left wrist that isn't criticial to movement of it once the season is over. It is healed enough to return to the lineup, however.

"It's a little bit faster (to return) but it's ready to go so I'm going to play," Sharp said after the morning skate. "I'm ready to go. I feel great. I'm excited to play in this building. It's good to be back. I can't wait to get going."


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