Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Sore Back Sidelines Fabbri

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Sore Back Sidelines Fabbri

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Everything but alarm bells sounded Thursday at Enterprise Center when forward Robby Fabbri wasn't on the ice for either group practice.

Even before the second group's workout started, there were clear indications from the team that Fabbri's absence had nothing to do with his left knee -- you know, the one that underwent surgery twice for a torn ACL over the past year and a half.

But when it took more than an hour for coach Mike Yeo to address the media following the day's second practice, speculation mounted. Turns out it was a false alarm. Fabbri, who made his preseason debut Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild in Des Moines, Iowa, has a sore back. The left knee is fine, Yeo said.

"We kept him off for precautionary reasons," Yeo said. "He hasn't played in hockey games in a long time. So he's feeling sore. His back was sore. (His absence) has nothing to do with knees or anything like that."

Yeo said the Blues' medical staff will monitor Fabbri's status but added, "Right now I'm expecting him to be part of practice tomorrow."

Even before the back issue cropped up, Fabbri was not scheduled to play Friday's preseason game against Columbus at Enterprise Center. As for Sunday's game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, Yeo said: "We'll see how he's doing tomorrow before we make a decision."

Paired on a line with Alexander Steen and Tyler Bozak against the Wild, Fabbri's game picked up noticeably in the third period after a so-so start. He finished with an assist in the Blues' 3-2 victory.

"I thought that Robby, I would say for almost two periods, it wasn't quite there," Yeo said. "You could tell he was really working, he was hustling, he was tenacious, he was on the puck. (But) you could tell it wasn't quite there.

"I thought the last 10 minutes of the third period, he really started to show something. He started to get to his game and even having him on at the end of the game was great with the (Minnesota) goalie out. …

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