(CBS) Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg remains on course to return from injury sometime early on Chicago’s eight-game homestand that begins Monday, according to Sun-Times beat writer Mark Lazerus.

Versteeg has been out since suffering a metacarpal fracture in his left hand when hit by a puck on Jan. 1 against the Capitals. On Thursday, he was on the ice practicing with his teammates in a non-contact jersey, CSN Chicago’s Tracy Myers reported. Versteeg will remain on the road trip so he can practice with the team.

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Chicago plays at Winnipeg on Friday and is at St. Louis on Sunday. Versteeg’s return could be well-timed, as the Blackhawks have lost five of their last eight games.

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On the season, Versteeg has nine goals and 18 assists.

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In other news, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith sat out Thursday’s practice for rest.