Datsyuk out most likely through weekend; Bertuzzi close to returning

DETROIT — Although Pavel Datsyuk hasn’t official been ruled out through this weekend, it appears that’s where his status is heading.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said, via text message, that Datsyuk, who’s suffering from concussion-like symptoms, will need a good week of practice before being cleared to play.

Holland didn’t know if Datsyuk would be able to practice with the team Tuesday.

He last skated last Wednesday before leaving the ice after roughly 10 minutes.

“(I’m not where) I am supposed to be,” Datsyuk said last week. “I’m starting slowly, going with the program.”

Datsyuk, who won’t play Friday or Sunday, skated roughly 15 minutes Wednesday before many of his teammates got on the ice.

Datsyuk did not make the Wings’ recent two-game road trip and will miss his fifth straight game when Detroit hosts Philadelphia Wednesday.

Datsyuk suffered his injury on Nov. 23 after taking an elbow to the jaw late in third period by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowan.

Holland also said that Todd Bertuzzi could probably return to play this week.

Bertuzzi has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury.

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