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Yakupov (ankle) suffers setback, no timetable for return


James OBrien

Could Nail Yakupov be done for the year?

On Monday, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins suggested as much, telling reporters that Yakupov suffered a setback skating on his injured ankle over the weekend.

“I guess after coming off, it started to blow back up on him,” Eakins said, per the Edmonton Sun. “He’s had a bit of a setback there. As it went on later in the day, it started to swell back up, so we had to take a step back and re-evaluate.”

Yakupov, 20, hasn’t played since taking a puck off the foot against Carolina on Mar. 16. Subsequent testing revealed a fracture, which could be a disappointing end to what’s been a disappointing season.

Following his solid rookie campaign -- he led all first-year players in goals, with 17 -- Yakupov has struggled in his sophomore year and clashed with Eakins, resulting in a few healthy scratches.

Overall, Yakupov has just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games this season.