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No timetable for Sidney Crosby's return

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby says it's "likely" he'll return to play this season, but stressed he won't rush back to the ice.

Crosby hasn't played since suffering a pair of concussions in January. The former MVP said Tuesday he feels as good as he's felt in a long time but refused to put a timeline on a possible return.

The 24-year-old Crosby added he never really considered retirement but is concerned about the recurrence of concussion-like symptoms as his workouts have grown more intense.

Dr. Michael Collins, who have overseen Crosby's recovery, says he expects Crosby to have a "long and fruitful" NHL career but cautioned bringing him back too soon would put those prospects at risk.

Crosby is skating but isn't sure when he'll be cleared to practice.

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