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Yakupov (ankle) suffers setback, no timetable for return

Apr 1, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

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Could Nail Yakupov be done for the year?

On Monday, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins suggested as much, telling reporters that Yakupov suffered a setback skating on his injured ankle over the weekend.

“I guess after coming off, it started to blow back up on him,” Eakins said, per the Edmonton Sun. “He’s had a bit of a setback there. As it went on later in the day, it started to swell back up, so we had to take a step back and re-evaluate.”

Yakupov, 20, hasn’t played since taking a puck off the foot against Carolina on Mar. 16. Subsequent testing revealed a fracture, which could be a disappointing end to what’s been a disappointing season.

Following his solid rookie campaign — he led all first-year players in goals, with 17 — Yakupov has struggled in his sophomore year and clashed with Eakins, resulting in a few healthy scratches.

Overall, Yakupov has just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games this season.

  1. rtookey - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Probably already back in Russia sippin vodka spritzers

  2. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Could this be the final Nail in the coffin of this kid’s season?!

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM


  4. bildomac07 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Opens the door for Ovie to lead the league in worst +/- he and Yak were in a barn burner for this feat with Yak sitting in 2nd place behind Ovie -34 to -33, although don’t rule out dark horses Alex Edler and Steve Ott at -32 and -31 respectively!

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