Canadiens’ Shea Weber out 5-6 months after knee surgery

Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Shea Weber will be out for an extended period of time after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee, according to the team.

The recovery period is expected to be five to six months.

“We were very disappointed to learn that this knee injury will extend Shea’s recovery period. Unfortunately, this is out of our control and we have to fully trust the medical group in these situations,” Habs general manager Marc Bergevin said.

“We are confident that his recovery will go as scheduled and that Shea will return to action as soon as possible.”

According to the team’s statement, the procedure was performed on June 19 by Dr. LaPrade at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Weber missed one game because of a knee injury last season, and has missed a total of 55 games due to a foot injury.