Michal Neuvirth revealed Monday that the “lower-body injury” he was dealing with was not his groin but instead a bruised right foot suffered in pregame warm-ups last week.
Neuvirth took a shot in warm-ups before the Oct. 10 game against the Lightning and said it got worse the following day.
“It’s big bruise and trying to ice it,” Neuvirth said. “It’s a lot of pain when I’m putting my skates on, and that’s the worst. I can’t really push on the ice or anything like that. I feel a lot of pain right now.”
Neuvirth missed three straight days of practice following an off-day last week and skated for over an hour Saturday, mostly after the Capitals’ morning skate. But Monday he was on the ice with his teammates – for about 20 minutes. Then he left, with Bruce Boudreau saying he was “still sore.”
“It was a little test. It was too sore to stay on the ice,” Neuvirth said. “It’s getting better and hopefully it’s going to get better and I’ll get healthy soon.”
Neuvirth said there is no timetable for a return.