Mark Fraser is recovering at home after having surgery on Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs defenceman was hit in the forehead by a Milan Lucic shot during the Leafs’ 4-3 overtime loss against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

“(Fraser) had surgery last night to repair a fracture between the eyes and the cranial area, but I don’t know if you would call it a fractured skull, I think that’s a little bit severe,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said as a handful of Leafs participated in an optional skate at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke on Thursday.

“He was texting and in conversation with his teammates this morning before 8 o’clock. So he is back on the road to recovery.”

Look for John-Michael Liles, who has been a healthy scratch the past three games, to get back into the lineup for Game 5 on Friday night in Boston.

The Leafs recalled defenceman Jesse Blacker from the Toronto Marlies with Fraser out.

“We have a decision to make, but I would probably bet on John-Michael Liles getting the opportunity to play over Blacker,” Carlyle said. “You have a guy who has played with our hockey club most of the year and has been in and out of our lineup, but has been a great soldier. A veteran guy who is going to get a chance to get back in the lineup.”