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Bolland (severed tendon) returns to Maple Leafs practice

Feb 21, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are that much closer to getting Dave Bolland back in the lineup.

Bolland, who’s been out since Nov. 2 with a severed ankle tendon, took part in Maple Leafs practice on Thursday, as the Toronto Star shares. While Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk are still away at the Olympics, Bolland skated on what would be the Leafs’ third line with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie.

Seeing Bolland on the ice with the team isn’t exactly new, but taking part in a full practice is. He’s been skating with the team since January, and even toyed with the possibility of returning before the break, but his ankle wasn’t game-ready.

The possibility of seeing Bolland in the lineup when the Leafs return to action on Feb. 27 on Long Island is very real.

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