Danny Bois will again miss the action tonight as he attempts to shake off the effects of a punch-up eight days ago.
The Ontario-born winger was injured on his Sheffield Steelers debut at Braehead Clan and has had no game-time since.
He won’t play tonight at Coventry Blaze and is a strong doubt for the trip to Belfast Giants tomorrow.
Steelers coach Gerad Adams told The Star: “He won’t play today, under the doctor’s recommendation.
“Danny has made strong steps and is much better but our team doc has a protocol for head injuries.
“He will be a late decision, tomorrow, but more than likely he won’t feature this weekend.”
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The table-toppers will play at Coventry tonight, return to Sheffield and then assemble at 8am tomorrow to board the bus to Leeds Bradford airport for a flight to Northern Ireland. They have to be ready to face reigning champions Belfast for a 4pm face off.
Adams said: “It’s not ideal, but other teams have to do it, so we’ll go there hoping to bring both points back. Four points is the aim for this weekend.”
The coach expects both opponents this weekend to be emotionally fuelled, but for different reasons.
“Coventry will be looking to regain the confidence they had earlier in the year. In our match last weekend I thought they were more focused defensively and incredibly hard to break through to create offence.”
Adams thought Blaze were more “open and free wheeling” under former coach Marc LeFebvre. As for Giants, he said: “They did extremely well in the Continental Cup and they will want to carry that on.”
Adams said of Bois: “He is the type of professional who finishes his checks off and does little things right. He’s tough and smart defensively.”