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Penguins' Crosby takes another step towards return

(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took a step towards returning from concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday with coach Dan Bylsma saying he had joined them on their road trip and that he would shortly begin skating on his own.

Crosby, who has played just eight games since suffering a concussion a year ago, was with the Penguins for Wednesday's game against the Washington Capitals and will skate when the road trip continues in Florida with games on Friday and Sunday.

There is no timetable for his return.

"He will be skating during this trip. He also will at some point in time address the media as well. No set plan, but this will happen in the next few days," Bylsma said in a report on the team's website.

Crosby has been working out in the weight room and on an exercise bike, Bylsma said.

The NHL's biggest draw card returned to the Pittsburgh lineup last November after missing more than 10 months with post-concussion symptoms but was ruled out after experiencing more symptoms eight games into his comeback.

Crosby, who suffered the initial injury after taking hits to the head in successive games last January, had 12 points in his return, including two goals and two assists in his first game.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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