His initial reaction was not a tasteful one. Not given his injury history and especially not with the 2014 Winter Olympics fast approaching.

But any fears Ales Hemsky had about suffering through another season with a cracked bone in his foot were alleviated once the test results were in.

The Edmonton Oilers winger, pelted by a wayward puck in the last week’s contest against the Stars in Dallas, has a deep bone bruise, which is painful but not prohibitive. He got back into his skates and might even get himself out for a practice on Wednesday. Hemsky could be back in the lineup as early as Friday, when the Oilers host the Phoenix Coyotes.

Whenever he is back on the ice, he will be wearing skate guards.

“I was pretty down to be honest. I was worried it was broken or something more serious. On the other hand, there’s nothing you can do,” Hemsky said after going out for a skate on Tuesday. “I’m just happy it’s not anything really serious. It’s sore, but I knew it would be.”

He missed the 2010 Winter Games because of a bum shoulder and last year, his season was cut short because of a cracked bone in his other foot. He had tried to play through it after the initial diagnosis, but was pulled from the lineup when it was apparent the Oilers were again going to miss the playoffs.

This time around, just days after he had been named to the Czech Republic’s Olympic team, he was hit by a puck that came off teammate Luke Gazdic’s stick.

“It was in my head ... Here we go again,” he said of the possibility of having to pull out of the Olympics. “I missed the last one with the shoulder, (but) it’s just more about the fact that I don’t want to be injured.