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George McPhee doesn't believe Mike Green's injury is long-term problem

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VANCOUVER | Mike Green’s limp is still around the Capitals on their western Canadian road trip, walking around, albeit with a limp. But he’s still not skating.

On Friday the All-Star defenseman missed his fifth straight practice as the team skated at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, though general manager George McPhee said he doesn’t believe the right ankle injury will be a long-term problem.

McPhee said Green has tried putting his right skate on for a couple days but hasn’t been able to do it, adding that the defenseman is just a little bit away from being ready.

Green and McPhee conversed in the stands while the Caps were practicing Friday afternoon. McPhee spoke about Green shortly after that conversation.

Coach Bruce Boudreau was very doubtful that Green could be in the lineup Saturday night at the Canucks, going even further by saying he’d like to have him back in the lineup by next weekend.

Green was again not made available to reporters seeking comment from him. A team spokesman said Green will be made available only after his first practice with the team.

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