David Krejci/By S. Bradley

David Krejci/By S. Bradley

You may have heard this one before, but Bruins center David Krejci is encouraged about returning to the lineup soon.

Krejci, whose undisclosed injury has been reported as both a hip and a groin injury, practiced with his teammates Wednesday at TD Garden for the second straight day.

“When you skate on your own, you start feeling better eventually,” Krejci said. “But with the guys, with the team it’s something else. You battle, you do some line drills, so it always helps. I felt all right. I felt, honestly, better every day. So just talk to the doctors and go from there. I guess it’s like a day-to-day [situation] right now.”

Krejci didn’t rule out playing against Chicago on Thursday, but he sounded more like he was looking forward to getting more practice time before jumping back into games. Krejci initially missed two games with his current injury. He returned for one game and then missed four in a row. Since again returning for one game, Krejci has missed eight games.

Those false starts would explain Krejci’s carefulness about returning this time around.

“It happened to me twice, so it’s in the back of my head and it’s not something I would love to think about,” Krejci said. “But at the end of the day, when the decision comes that I can play, then obviously I’ll get a little nervous. But that’s going to happen if I’m ready or near to be ready, I’ll be nervous, so until I have that first game under my belt and I’m ready for the next one. It just is what it is. I’m just going to try to work hard and then try to get back and stay in the lineup.”

Krejci, who has 10 points in 10 games this season, skated line drills with Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson on Wednesday. He also rotated in on the power play with Zach Trotman at one point opposite Torey Krug. But Krejci was clearly the secondary player in the rotation. Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic also rotated into one spot on that unit with Seth Griffith and Zdeno Chara, who was back in his usual up-front position, the only mainstays other than Krug in the quintet.

Although this injury has cost Krejci a big chunk of the season and he’s failed to return to the lineup on a regular basis twice already, Krejci doesn’t think that he’ll have to battle through any discomfort or pain once he’s back in the flow of the season.

“No, I feel like once I’m back and I take it through the first game and I feel good, no setbacks, nothing I have to deal with, so I don’t feel like this is some injury that’s going to bother me the whole year. I think once it’s done, it’s done,” he said.