Montreal Canadiens star netminder Carey Price spoke with reporters Tuesday morning to update the status of his lower-body injury and what he said won’t make Habs fans happy.

Price said that while he expects to “be back soon” his ailment is taking longer to heal than he had originally expected. The 30-year-old hasn’t played or practised since a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 2. Price explained Tuesday that he suffered the injury during the warm-up prior to that game, although he did not go into specifics on what the exact injury is.

Prior to getting hurt, Price had struggled mightily this season with a 3-7-1 record, 3.77 goals-against average and .877 save percentage.

“Carey’s one of the best players in the world. Right now, it’s next-man-up,” Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said.

Charlie Lindgren was recalled from the AHL’s Laval Rocket Saturday and has supplied the Canadiens with a steady presence in net. The 23-year-old has gone 3-1-0 2-0 with a 1.24 GAA and .964 save percentage including a 38-save shutout over the Blackhawks in his season debut.

Price and the Canadiens have consistently referred to his injury as minor. The 2015 Hart and Vezina winner said if it were the playoffs he would play, but since Lindgren has been doing so well it’s affording him more time to fully recover.

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