Grebeshkov itchin' to play

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Injuries are funny... unless you're the injured guy or the coach trying to guess when he's coming back.

The Oilers originally hoped Fernando Pisani would be back in eight weeks after he broke his ankle Nov. 17.

Now, nearly 14 weeks later, the bone still isn't ready to go.

And fears that Denis Grebeshkov would be out till late March with a dreaded high ankle sprain (often considered worse than a break) were put to rest when he slapped on the blades a few days ago.

Go figure.

"There's not a lot of chance I'm going to play (Thursday), but I hope Saturday," said Grebeshkov. "It feels awesome. I heard four to six weeks when it happened. Now it's only been a couple of weeks. I guess my case wasn't that bad.

"My ankle just kept improving every day. Every day it got better and better. The treatments really helped me. I don't know, man, it's just the way my body is."

Day-to-day is a much better status than six weeks. Ask Ladislav Smid in the next stall over.

"When they told him six weeks he called me up and cried," joked Smid.


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