Alex Steen injury: Blues forward could return Tuesday

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Steen could return to the lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since suffering a knee injury during practice at the end of February.

St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen could return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, according to multiple reports following the team's morning skate.

Steen has been sidelined with an upper-body injury, which he sustained during practice on Feb. 27. Steen was injured while participating in the "battle" drill, which features two goals brought within 30-feet of each other. It is a mini-scrimmage type of exercise.

Steen was injured when he fell on his shoulder during a puck battle.

During Tuesday's practice, the 29-year-old forward was seen skating on a line with David Backes and Chris Stewart. He also spent time practicing on one of the power play units. If Steen does play against the Sharks, it will mark his first game since Feb. 23 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock stated that he will determine Tuesday afternoon whether Steen will play, as he wants to see how he responds to his first full practice.

In addition to Steen, injured forwards Andy McDonald and Vladimir Tarasenko were seen skating at practice. McDonald has been dealing with a left knee issue, while Tarasenko is attempting to return from a concussion. Tuesday marked the first time that Tarasenko had skated since the injury.

As of this time, there is no timetable for McDonald or Tarasenko to return.

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