Allison's return delayed because of hip injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs got some bad news early on at training camp.

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Jason Allison sat out of Tuesday's scrimmage in Toronto because of an aggravated hip flexor injury from Leafs summer camp earlier this month.

"Definitely a disappointment, but it's nothing big," Allison told The Toronto Star. "I just had a little strain, but with a double session that started out with a skate, they didn't want me to push it the first day with the bad ice."

Humid conditions effected the ice surface at Ricoh Coliseum. The injury will keep Allison from participating in scrimmages for a day or two.

"I was a little bummed out, but it's a long year and a long camp," Allison told the newspaper. "It was probably the smart thing to do, rather than miss another two weeks."

Allison hasn't played an NHL game since suffering a career-threatening neck injury on Jan. 25, 2003, while playing for the Kings. A Toronto native, Allison also didn't play anywhere last season during the NHL lockout.

The Maple Leafs signed the free-agent forward to a one-year deal in early August.

Allison, 30, set career highs in the 2000-01 season with 36 goals and 59 assists in 82 games. He was third in the NHL in power-play points, fifth in points and seventh in assists.