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Pronger could skate tomorrow, practice Friday

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls to the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Chris Pronger could be back skating as soon as tomorrow, reports

The Flyers defenseman has been sidelined with an eye injury since Oct. 24.

According to GM Paul Holmgren, Pronger is progressing nicely in his recovery.

“The hope is if things run well maybe [Wednesday] and Thursday he can skate on his own, then maybe he can skate with the team on Friday,” said Holmgren. “That’s the hope. We’ll see how that goes.”

The Flyers are 1-2-0 without Pronger. After surrendering 14 goals in their first two games minus the future Hall-of-Famer, they beat the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday.

Pronger will miss at least the next two games, Wednesday at Buffalo and Thursday versus New Jersey.

Philadelphia hosts Columbus on Saturday and is in Tampa Bay next Wednesday. Maybe he’ll be ready for the Jackets, but the Lightning game seems like a more reasonable return date.