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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

After missing 18 games with a broken foot, it appears that Benoit Pouliot is ready to get back into the lineup for the Oilers Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Pouliot participated in full contact in practice and skated on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

“He is very close," said Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson. "At the start of practice, he was cleared for practice. I talked to him after and he says he feels really good. We’re going to see how the skate goes tomorrow morning and base our decision there. He feels that his game conditioning is where it should be at so it’s just a matter of going through practice tomorrow.”

Pouliot added that he thinks he's ready to go but ultimately it's up to Coach Nelson and the training staff.

“I feel great,” said Pouliot. “I think if I get the chance to go tomorrow, I’m ready for sure to go. It’s going to be the coach’s decision.”

The winger was asked about his recovery routine as he attempted to stay in game shape throughout the six-week period.

“It’s a lot of work. It’s always in the gym, every day, every morning with Chad, our trainer. There’s a lot of bike, a lot of weights and treatment,” he said. “I’m right on my timeline. It was six weeks and I think I’m right there.”

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