An exciting new partnership could emerge within the Sheffield Steelers’ ranks this weekend.
If Canadian Mathieu Roy recovers from an upper body injury in time, he may return to a line with newly-acquired Swede Conny Stromberg.
Coach Paul Thompson believes the newcomer could be just the person to unleash a flurry of goals from predator Roy.
Roy made a gentle re-introduction to skating on Tuesday before training with alongside Stromberg, yesterday.
At 40, the Scandinavian is a novel addition to the squad by Thompson - who believes it could either be a “Cantona signing...or I could end up looking stupid!”
The Swede is a left winger, but likes to play on the right hand flank.
The coach said Roy was “desperate” to come back into the side after missing the last four games (two wins, two losses.)
They are the only games he has missed this season.
“We are managing Roy’s situation well, we would never rush him back, but we are hopeful that he will be back in our line-up at Belfast Giants on Friday.
“Stromberg is a skilled as the come and whether he is 40 or not is in tremendous shape. We may well try those two together,”
Thompson is already without another one of his main assets, Colton Fretter, who is again suffering with a groin injury.
“He had a steroid injection a week ago and is walking better now, at least.
“He has been plagued by injury all year. I was excited to see him playing when he was 60 per cent fit, so I am looking forward to seeing him when he is 100 per cent.”
Sheffield have scored 16 goals since Roy became injured, which isn’t a bad output, but they need him back for what could be a pivotal weekend in the season.