As Roberto Luongo rehabilitates from a lower-body injury, Panthers coach Bob Boughner said the team wouldn’t expect the veteran goaltender to return to play until the beginning of February.

“That could change any day,” Boughner said during a teleconference on Monday morning. “We’re sort of taking it day by day.”

Luongo injured himself while making a right pad save on Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock on Dec. 4 before being helped off the ice. He’s missed the last 14 games, with backup James Reimer starting each one and filling in admirably.

Reimer has posted a .930 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average for Florida during that span.

Luongo returned to the ice on Dec. 21, taking shots from goaltenders coach Robb Tallas. He is with the Panthers during the current four-game, eight-day road trip that concludes Tuesday night in St. Louis.

“There’s good days and bad days,” Boughner said. “I think that he went through a stretch there where he was really progressing well. In the last week, he’s had a little bit of soreness so we’re backing off. We want him to come back 100 percent, not 90 percent. We’re going to be very careful with him.”

In 15 games this season for Florida, Luongo has been one of the league’s best goaltenders, with a .928 save percentage and 2.62 GAA.