PITTSBURGH, PA - FILE: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits to take a face off against the Boston Bruins on December 5, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was reported that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms after a recurrence of the problems that sidelined him for more than 10 months earlier this year December 12, 2011. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby Injury: Penguins Captain To Return Against Rangers

Sidney Crosby will return Thursday night to help a team that has already won nine straight.

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Sidney Crosby To Return Against New York Rangers

The Trib’s Josh Yohe tweets that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to game action Saturday night in New York against the Rangers. The Pens’ official Twitter account confirms this:

BREAKING NEWS: Sidney Crosby will play Thursday against the New York Rangers. #Pens

Crosby has been out since December 5 with concussion symptoms that have consumed much of his past two seasons, and also an injury in the soft tissue of his neck. After nearly a year-long absence, Crosby returned to the Pens on November 21 and instantly changed the dynamic of his team, posting two goals and two assists against the New York Islanders in his first game back and racking up 12 points in eight games.

This time, the Penguins are already on a nine-game winning streak, so adding Crosby just makes them that much more formidable. That’s a good thing, too, because in addition to starting the playoffs in about a month, they have a tough string of games ahead against the Rangers, Devils and Flyers.

The Penguins cleared Crosby for contact last week, with the idea that he would return shortly, and that his return would be announced a day before the game when it would take place. That’s exactly what happened.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh, which already has its comments on Crosby’s return:

Crosby’s latest return will be a shot in the arm for a team that has won nine straight games and is trying to make ground on the first place Rangers. With the playoffs starting in four weeks, the Pens could be major contenders if Crosby and defenseman Kris Letang (also suffering from his second concussion of the season) can be 100% and stay in the lineup.

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Sidney Crosby Injury Update: Pittsburgh Penguins' Star Cleared For Full Contact Drills, Return Still Unknown

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been cleared to take part in full contact drills according to an article posted on the Penguins official website. The Penguins' star has been out of action since Dec. 6 of last year with concussion-like symptoms and a neck injury. Crosby himself says that he has been symptom free for a few days.

I've been through this before. Contact is the big step. It's nice to be symptom free, but it's not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon

The current plan for Crosby is to try and make it through the next couple of days with contact before they make any estimation as to when he will return to game action. Crosby has played in eight games this season and totaled 12 points in that span before his most recent injury.

For the latest on Sidney Crosby's injury status, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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