Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, out since Nov. 15 with a fractured tibia, said today after his team’s optional practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington that he’s scheduled for a CAT Scan Friday that will determine if he can lose his crutches and begin to again put weight on his foot.

And he’s confident that the news will be positive.

“They’ll basically let me know if I can start weight-bearing (workouts) and all that,” explained Ference, who was injured blocking a shot against Montreal. “But therapy’s been great. The trainers are real excited about how it looks. It feels fine. I feel like I can walk now. But obviously I have to wait for the doctor’s OK.”

Ference could’ve been sidelined anywhere from eight to 10 weeks had the break been really bad. His decision to have surgery sped the recovery process along. He estimates that if he gets clearance Friday, he’s still be a couple weeks away from getting back in the line-up.

“If everything’s good on Friday, you can start weight-bearing. Obviously it’s going to take a couple of days just to feel just good on my two feet again. But then throw a skate on, and once you start skating, I guess, you would think it’s probably be a couple weeks to get strong and somewhat normal out there. So at least there’s a horizon,” he said.