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Leino leaves practice, downplays injury

Ville Leino, who had just started to round into form after off-season surgery to his left hip, left practice in Voorhees Friday after colliding with teammate Chris Pronger.

Leino leaves practice, downplays injury

Ville Leino, who had just started to round into form after off-season surgery to his left hip, left practice in Voorhees Friday after colliding with teammate Chris Pronger.

The Flyers' winger downplayed the injury.

Leino said he suffered a charley horse in his right thigh and that he hoped to play Saturday night against visiting Toronto.

"I got a little bit of his knee on my thigh....and I should be good to go," Leino said. "I just (injured) some muscles. I had some muscles that I didn't know.

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"I hope it's good for (Saturday)."

Leino had been making steady progress from his surgery.

"This is the first week I've really felt comfortable, skating-wise," he said. "It's only going to get better, unless my thigh is going to slow me down."

Playing on a line with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell, Leino had an assist in the Flyers' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Thursday.

In last season's playoffs, Leino tied an NHL record for points by a rookie (21) in the post-season.

 

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