Flames captain Mark Giordano inches closer to return

Mark Giordano took part in his first full practice Tuesday with the Flames since breaking his ankle...

Mark Giordano took part in his first full practice Tuesday with the Flames since breaking his ankle six weeks ago. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

JAMES EMERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

CALGARY - The captain is close.

Almost six weeks to the day since breaking his ankle, Calgary Flames leader Mark Giordano was back on Saddledome ice Tuesday morning, skating in a full practice with the team.

Following more than an hour of drills, the 30-year-old Giordano said his ankle was pain-free, making his his return to the lineup against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night a real possibility (8 p.m., Saddledome, Sportsnet West).

"No pain in the ankle area," Giordano boasted. "It feels pretty good right now, but I guess we'll see (during Wednesday's) pre-game skate and see after that. I was surprised how good I felt (Tuesday)."

Giordano suffered the injury Oct. 21 on the road against the Los Angeles Kings.

After being sidelined for weeks, Giordano laced up the skates in late November for some solo ice times before the medical staff gave the defenceman the nod to return to full-contact practices with the club.


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