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Yelle taking ankle injury in stride

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Propped up by crutches and sporting a walking cast on his right foot, Stephane Yelle was able to look on the bright side.

The Calgary Flames centre who suffered a broken ankle and sprained ankle ligaments during a horrific foot-first crash into the boards Thursday actually figured it would be worse.

"It's inside your body. You feel the tearing, going over your ankle," he said. "When I looked at it, I thought it would be sideways."

Thankfully, Yelle's toes were still pointing in the right direction.

Still, Yelle is out indefinitely and said he was given no indication how long he'll be on the shelf.

"It's gonna take a while and it all depends on how bad the sprain was," he said.

"I think the sprain is more serious than the actual break. We'll give it time and see how it goes."

Yelle's injury will have a major impact on the Flames. As their top checking forward, penalty killer and faceoff man, he isn't easily replaced.

"I felt good," he said.

"It's a bummer that it happened and the way it happened but that's part of hockey. You can't dwell on it too much."

Without Yelle, head coach Jim Playfair will be forced to juggle his lineup.

If the lines used during yesterday's practice at the 'Dome were an indication, the Flames will start tomorrow's game against the Phoenix Coyotes with Daymond Langkow between Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay; Matthew Lombardi centring Jeff Friesen and Chuck Kobasew; Jamie Lundmark flanked by Kristian Huselius and Tony Amonte; and Marcus Nilson with Byron Ritchie and Darren McCarty.

Playfair wouldn't say if the team plans to recall a forward from the farm.


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