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The 32-year-old Slovak blueliner rejoined his teammates for practice on Tuesday after sustaining a torn Achilles back in August during off-season training.

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - After working closely this past week with Oilers Skating Coach David Pelletier, defenceman Andrej Sekera rejoined Oilers practice on Tuesday in non-contact colours.

The Slovak blueliner suffered a torn Achilles back in August during off-season training and has been rehabbing the injury since following surgery.

"Getting the touch with the boys and passing is something that I've been missing, so it's been a good thing for me," the 32-year-old said to the media following Tuesday's practice. "Cleaning the pipes and getting the engine running again. I feel pretty confident."

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An ACL injury sustained during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks derailed his postseason run and much of the ensuing season, where he recorded eight assists in 32 games after returning to the Oilers lineup.

"I've had bumps, bruises and broken ribs, but nothing this long," Sekera said. "I'm used to it after last year mentally getting ready for it.

"It's part of the game and I'm still a young guy, maybe getting a bit older but 32 isn't really old in this league."

Sekera has 73 points (14 G, 59 A) in 197 regular-season games as an Oiler since signing with the club as a free agent in July of 2015, including a goal and two assists in 11 postseason contests.

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