Kaberle injured on late hit from Devils' Janssen

Updated: March 20, 2007, 6:04 PM ET
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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle participated in his first full practice Monday and hopes to return Friday at Buffalo, according to the Toronto Star.

"I had a good skate again and if I take two more days it will be better for me. Hopefully be ready for Friday," Kaberle told the Star after skating with the team Tuesday morning. "I felt better today, it's been improving so I don't see why I couldn't play on Friday."

Kaberle, 29, was injured on a late hit from Devils winger Cam Janssen in early March. Janssen was suspended by the NHL for three games because of the hit.

Kaberle said he would work out Tuesday night on an exercise bike, skate again Wednesday and undergo more testing before Friday in hopes of receiving medical clearance to play against the Sabres.

"I don't think he's ready yet, but he hasn't had clearance from the doctors either," coach Paul Maurice told the Star. "We expect that before Friday."

Kaberle originally told TSN of Canada on Monday that he could return Tuesday to face New Jersey, but he and the Maple Leafs' medical staff decided that he wouldn't play against the Devils.

"That was my first time practicing with the boys, so it's getting better," Kaberle told the Star on Monday. "Obviously, the coach needs me 100 percent out there. It'll be a big decision [Tuesday]."

In 65 games this season, Kaberle scored nine goals with 40 assists.