JAMES Jorgensen finds out today how long he is likely to be on the sidelines after suffering a nasty “slew foot” ankle injury during Sheffield Steelers’ defeat at Nottingham Panthers, last weekend.
He is spending some of his down-time studying the team’s performance from the stands to see if he can improve it when he returns.
The defenceman will almost certainly be out of tonight’s game against Dundee Stars- but hopes they can find a level of consistency that has eluded them sometimes this season.
The American was hurt by a challenge from behind, when an opponent’s leg knocked his skates from underneath him.
“I got slew-footed and twisted my ankle up. A foot hit me on the back of the Achilles, like a trip, but it is tough to tell (whether it was deliberate). I thought my ankle was broken. I couldn’t stand on it, I got to the bench, it was hurting. I’m not sure of the diagnosis because the swelling has to go down. I’ll find out more (today).”
Jorgensen hasn’t had a bad injury record - last year he was an ever-present for Braehead Clan. “The year before that I had groin injuries and a fractured bone, but never had something kept me out for more than a couple of weeks. It’s tough watching. Maybe I get a different view though and that will help me pick my game up a bit,” he said.
Jorgensen, aged 27, believes his club has to more switched on for a full 60 minutes. But he still thinks the side is a championship-contender.
He said: “I rate us amongst the top three; we are definitely up there, but our consistency needs to get better.
“We play two really good periods in a game and then one mediocre one; that might be the difference between winning or going into overtime, or something. When we play our game we are the best team in the league.”
He hinted some individuals may have had issues over preparation before games. “It’s different for everybody, maybe there is something else going on in the outside world and you have to get it out of your head and focus on the game.”
Coach Ryan Finerty wants to see “urgency” tonight against Dundee - it was missing in the middle period of Sunday’s win over Fife.
“We turned over a lot of pucks and that’s not our style” he said. “They out outworked us in our own zone, our ‘d’ and forwards and centre support was second to the puck. We allowed them to move freely in our zone, we didn’t have any urgency,” he said.