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Mikko Koivu Injury: Minnesota Wild Captain Close To Returning

Mikko Koivu has been out of the Minnesota Wild lineup for quite awhile due to injury, but the forward is apparently scheduled to return in the near future. The Wild captain was the only player voted into the NHL All-Star game before rookie Nick Johnson made it as a replacement.

The Wild announced on their website that Koivu practiced Tuesday morning, along with fellow injured player Gullaume Latendresse, meaning he's likely close to returning to the active roster.

They won't play tonight, but Guillaume Latendresse and Mikko Koivu both skated on their own again this morning, and both took part in the Wild's morning skate as well. At the end of the skate, both were put through some heavy skating drills, indicating that their returns are nearing.

There isn't a timetable for either player, but Head Coach Mike Yeo said that, barring any setbacks, they will probably be on the team's flight to Denver tomorrow afternoon.

In the meantime, the Wild will play the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

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