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A month after ankle injury, Koivu's availability for Finnish Olympic team in question

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Feb 3, 2014

FILE - In this May 4, 2011, file photo, Czech\'s Jaromir Jagr, left, challenges for the puck with Finland\'s Mikko Koivu, from left, during the preliminary round match at the World Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Jagr leads a lively Czech team into his fifth Olympics. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File) Author: The Hockey News

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A month after ankle injury, Koivu's availability for Finnish Olympic team in question

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Feb 3, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mikko Koivu's return to the Minnesota Wild likely won't come until after the Olympics, leaving his availability for Finland during the Winter Games in question.

Koivu broke his right ankle Jan. 4 when he was hit by a puck and had surgery to accelerate the recovery.

The captain and first-line centre has resumed skating, but Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after practice Monday that Koivu's availability for the last two games before the Olympics break was "highly in doubt." Koivu could still play in the Winter Games, however, if he's cleared in time by the team's medical staff. Finland's opener is Feb. 13 against Austria.

The Wild host Tampa Bay Tuesday and Nashville Thursday before the NHL hiatus begins. The Wild's regular season schedule resumes Feb. 27.

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A month after ankle injury, Koivu's availability for Finnish Olympic team in question