by Katie Carrera

General Manager George McPhee said on Friday at Rogers Arena in Vancoouver that he doesn’t believe Mike Green’s twisted right ankle is a long-term concern.

McPhee added that Green, who is still limping, has been trying to put his right foot in a skate but is likely a few days from being comfortable enough to return.

Green missed a fifth consecutive practice Friday with a twisted right ankle suffered on Oct. 22 against the Detroit Red Wings on the same play he was hit on the jaw by a puck. The defenseman had a lengthy conversation with McPhee in the stands here in Vancouver while the rest of the Capitals practiced.

Asked when he thought Green might be able to return, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he’d like to have the two-time Norris Trophy finalist back by next weekend.

“I wish I had that crystal ball,” Boudreau said when asked about Green, “but I’m hoping he’s back by next weekend.”