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Injury Update: Daymond Langkow

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB -- While he has made great strides over the summer, Daymond Langkow has not been medically cleared for contact and will not take part in the Calgary Flames training camp.

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"Right now, I'm going to skating on my own," he said on Friday. "I just can't take contact right now and it's kind of frustrating. It's kind of a day-to-day thing and we'll just go from there."

Langkow suffered a neck injury on Mar. 21 and has been sidelined ever since. He began skating several weeks ago, aimming to come into training camp ready to go but his recovery has been slower than hoped.

"It's tough. This is the first time I haven't been able to start training camp. It's a different feeling but it's one of those things where you have to be patient and work at it. Hopefully it comes sooner than later."

Right now, the gritty forward is taking part in solo training to avoid hampering his recovery.

"They just want me to stay away from contact. Even just skating with the guys in case something happens where I run into someone or something like that. Right now, I just want to be cautious and be careful."

At the present time, Langkow does not have a timeline as to when he believes he'll be medically cleared for contact.

"It's hard to say," he stated. "A couple weeks ago I think I said I was close to 100 per cent but I wasn't as close as I thought. It's just going to take time. I just have to stay patient and just at it."
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