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Pisani putting on game face

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Fernando Pisani is getting closer.

The Edmonton Oilers forward has been skating with the team for the past week, having recovered from his latest bout with ulcerative colitis.

He was not in the lineup last night against the San Jose Sharks, but could be back as early as Tuesday when the Oilers host the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I'm feeling good," said Pisani. "So it's just a matter of getting a few more practices in and going from there."

Pisani, 33, has played just six games for the Oilers this season and has yet to register a point. He started the season on injury reserve with a back problem and then was affected again by colitis. The local product missed a portion of the 2007-08 season with the disease. He then was limited to 38 games the following year due to an ankle injury.

"It wasn't as bad as when I got it the first time," Pisani said. "That was a grind. This time around, they wanted to make sure I was at 100% before I started skating and doing weights and things."

Pisani has regained all the weight he lost during his latest bout with colitis. Three years ago he lost 45 pounds.

"It was scary how much weight I lost then," he said. "It looked like I was wearing my older brother's suits. Then when I started working out and as soon as I started to get fatigued the doctors said I had to shut it down. This time around it wasn't as bad."


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