Dion Phaneuf to return Thursday

Updated: December 9, 2010, 12:23 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is ready to return to the lineup Thursday night against Philadelphia.

The defenseman missed 16 games after lacerating his left leg Nov. 2, and underwent surgery to repair the deep cut. Toronto went 5-8-3 without him.

Phaneuf had four assists in 11 games before his injury, and led the team in ice time per game.

The Maple Leafs begin a road trip through western Canada next week.

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