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Maple Leafs' Marner feeling lucky that ankle injury was not worse than it could have been

Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner is looking on the brightside while he recovers from an ankle injury. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/TORONTO SUN FILES)
Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner is looking on the brightside while he recovers from an ankle injury. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/TORONTO SUN FILES)

Mitch Marner might not have wanted to peek, but had little choice.

When Marner fell off a faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, he realized something was wrong with his right ankle.

“I felt something funny and at that time I was ready to look back and see my ankle twisted the wrong way,” the Maple Leafs winger said on Tuesday. “I looked back, it looked like it was good and tried to get back up on it and just felt a little weird.”

Marner, who will miss a minimum of four weeks, said there wasn’t much pain in the moment when he suffered a high ankle sprain. He said he has never had a similar injury.

“No, that was the weird thing,” Marner said. “When I fell, I felt a snap in my ankle and that’s why I was expecting when I looked back for my ankle to be facing the wrong direction. When I noticed it wasn’t, I didn’t really know what the feeling was.

“I didn’t know what the result could have been, so I had my mind open to anything. I got pretty lucky that nothing really substantial out of that came.

“It felt good on the bench. Went out for power play, tried to keep puck in and fell again on it and it didn’t feel right.”

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