We won’t be seeing Andrei Markov in the Canadiens lineup before late January or early February.   And that estimate presupposes any  further setbacks in the rehabilitation of his surgically rebuilt right knee.

Markov underwent successful arthroscopic surgery near Pensacola  Florida today,  a procedure to flush out leftover debris from last December’s reconstructive ligament surgery.

In other news – As expected the Canadiens sent centre Andreas Engqvist back to the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Engqvist had remained on the Canadiens roster because of a lower body injury he suffered November 14th.  It’s healed, allowing the Canadiens to re-assign him.

From Canadiens Publicity

MONTREAL (December 5, 2011) –Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued today a medical update on the status of defenseman Andrei Markov.

Markov underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to remove debris in his right knee. His recovery is estimated to be four to six weeks.  Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery today in Florida