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Coyotes captain Shane Doan could return Saturday

Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan, right, battles for the puck with Calgary Flames' Joe Colborne during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

Rejoice, Coyotes Nation: The Captain could return to the ice on Saturday.

In a Friday tweet, the Phoenix Coyotes announced that captain Shane Doan has been cleared by doctors and could play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Doan was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in December after feeling ill during the team's Canadian road trip. He hasn't played since the Dec. 4 loss against the Calgary Flames.

At the time, Doan was the team's leading scorer with 12 goals. He also has 11 helpers this season and was averaging 19:05 of ice time per game, often skating on one of the team's top lines.

The Coyotes went 4-3-5 in Doan's absence after starting the season 16-8-4.

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