Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber will be out of action for five to six months after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the team announced Thursday. The procedure was done in June.

Weber’s recovery timeline puts him back in action sometime around December at the earliest.

This is the second surgery this year for the blueliner, who had surgery in March on a torn tendon in his left foot. The injury to Weber’s knee was discovered after a knee arthroscopy during rehabilitation from the foot injury.

Weber suffered the foot injury in the season opener and played on a torn tendon until the outdoor game in mid-December. He had 16 points in 26 games before the injury finally put him on the shelf. It is believed the injury took place when Weber blocked a shot.

“It looked like maybe the fracture caused some damage to the tendon, but it’s hard really to tell,” Weber said in March. “…I probably would’ve played through it as best as I could and obviously it’s unfortunate that it ended up making it worse and damaging it. I think constantly playing on it made it worse.”

“We were very disappointed to learn that this knee injury will extend Shea’s recovery period,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. “Unfortunately, this situation is out of our control and we have to fully trust the medical group in these situations. We are confident that his recovery will go as scheduled and that Shea will return to action as soon as possible.”

Weber joined the Canadiens in June of 2016 after the Predators swapped him for defenceman P.K. Subban.

Prior to Weber’s injury this past season, the defenceman played at least 78 games in eight consecutive full seasons since 2008-2009. The 32-year-old has 501 points in 867 games with the Predators and Canadiens and was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Nashville.

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