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A month after ankle injury, Koivu's availability for Finnish Olympic team in question

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 4:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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A month after ankle injury, Koivu's availability for Finnish Olympic team in question

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mikko Koivu's return to the Minnesota Wild likely won't come until after the Olympics, leaving his availability for Finland during the Winter Games in question.

Koivu broke his right ankle Jan. 4 when he was hit by a puck and had surgery to accelerate the recovery.

The captain and first-line centre has resumed skating, but Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after practice Monday that Koivu's availability for the last two games before the Olympics break was "highly in doubt." Koivu could still play in the Winter Games, however, if he's cleared in time by the team's medical staff. Finland's opener is Feb. 13 against Austria.

The Wild host Tampa Bay Tuesday and Nashville Thursday before the NHL hiatus begins. The Wild's regular season schedule resumes Feb. 27.

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