Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Feb 4, 2011 1:16 AM by Lee Douglas

Avs hopeful O'Reilly will be back soon

DENVER (AP) - Colorado forward Ryan O'Reilly will miss his sixth straight game with a shoulder injury.

Avs coach Joe Sacco said after the morning skate that he's "hopeful" O'Reilly will be ready soon, but he won't be available for the game Thursday night against Minnesota.

O'Reilly has been out since crashing into the boards headfirst on Jan. 14 in Minnesota.

Peter Forsberg participated in the morning skate as he considers a comeback. He's been testing his fitness and the strength of his chronically injured right foot to see if he can return.

Forsberg had a solid skate Thursday. He sounded a bit discouraged the day before following an intense workout.

As for a return, Sacco said: "Peter's the only one that's going to be able to tell us really how he feels."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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