Injured defenceman Andrei Markov’s return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup is on hold again.

General manager Pierre Gauthier told reporters Saturday that the all-star blue-liner will need further arthroscopic surgery on his knee after Markov complained of swelling and tightness this week, reported Hockey Night in Canada’s Cassie Campbell-Pascall.

Gauthier called it a simple procedure to clean up debris in the knee. He added that Markov’s knee structure is strong and his surgically-repaired leg is almost as strong as his other leg.

"The prognosis that we're hearing is three weeks or so," Gauthier said. "It could be longer depending on what they find in there."

The Habs had hoped that Markov would return on the team’s three-game West Coast trip, but he felt discomfort and consulted with doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery in Florida, according to Campbell-Pascall.

Markov hasn't played since November 2010 after struggling to come back from a second ACL surgery in his right knee last December.