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William Nylander plays for Marlies tonight for first time in a month

From The Star

William Nylander will play his first game in a month Friday for the Toronto Marlies against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Nylander has been out since Dec. 26 with a head injury and only returned to full-contact practice this week.

Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe told Leafs TV that Nylander will play in the 7 p.m. game against the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Nylander revealed Friday he was battling appendicitis as well during his month-long layoff.

“Once I got back on the ice, a week or so once I came home . . . I had (appendicitis) and I was out for a couple more days,” Nylander told Leafs TV.

The Marlies return home Saturday afternoon for a 5 p.m. game against the Binghamton Senators but Keefe said Nylander won’t play the second game of a back-to-back.

The 2014 first-round pick has missed the last 15 games after taking a hit to the head while playing for his native Sweden in the opening game of the world junior hockey championships in Finland.

Nylander returned to full contact practice this week.

The Marlies, the top team overall in the AHL, went 12-3 in Nylander’s absence.

Prior to that, Nylander was the leading scorer in the AHL, with 14 goals and 34 points in 27 games.

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