Leafs' Dave Bolland could return before Olympic break

Dave Bolland works out with the team during Maple Leafs practice in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 29,...

Dave Bolland works out with the team during Maple Leafs practice in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:50 PM ET

TORONTO - Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle played oddsmaker Thursday morning, saying there is a "50-50 chance" centre Dave Bolland will return to the lineup before the league shuts down for the Olympic break.

Toronto has four games scheduled between this Saturday and next before a league-wide hiatus goes into effect.

Bolland, sidelined since a tendon in his left ankle was severed on Nov. 2, has been practising with the team for about the past week.

"He looks like he's moving quite freely out there. For the better part of the skates, he doesn't seem to be affected by it," Carlyle said. "But it's a dramatic injury. It's a difficult place to heal. It takes time. We're asking a guy to do something and his body is telling him another thing.

"It will be a pain issue for him."


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