Face injury sidelines Wild winger Veilleux indefinitely

Updated: December 24, 2006, 1:06 PM ET
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Minnesota Wild winger Stephane Veilleux will be sidelined indefinitely after he was struck in the face by a puck and broke his nose late in the second period of Friday's loss at Detroit.

Veilleux returned to Minnesota late Saturday evening after spending Friday night in a Detroit hospital.

According to a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, it's uncertain whether he'll be able to don a facemask and return to the team when it resumes play after Christmas.

Wild coach Jacques Lemaire told the newspaper it was a gruesome injury; Veilleux's nose was smashed to the side of his face and his face was cut.

"He's not in good shape," Lemaire said. "Don't count on him for a while."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.