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Coyotes' Doan could be back this weekend

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has been cleared to return after a bout with Rocky Mountain Fever and could play as early as Saturday night.

Doan has been out since Dec. 4 after feeling flu-like symptoms from an illness doctors initially had trouble diagnosing. He slowly started to improve by taking antibiotics and doctors determined he had Rocky Mountain Fever, a bacterial disease that affects the lining of blood cells and is often contracted by ticks.

Doan missed 12 games after getting off to one of the best starts of his career, scoring 12 goals and adding 11 assists in 27 games.

The Coyotes had targeted next week for Doan's return, but he could play Saturday night against Philadelphia.