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Dennis Clifford injury update: Boston College center may return next Saturday

CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College Eagles sophomore center Dennis Clifford could possibly return to action next Saturday when the Eagles host the Providence Friars at Conte Forum. Clifford, who is recovering from a right ankle injury, was not seen wearing a walking boot -- which he had been seen wearing in previous games. Clifford has not played since Nov. 28 against the Penn St. Nittany Lions -- 73-61 win for the Eagles.

"I think he is [close to returning]," Boston College head coach Steve Donahue said after his team's 61-59 overtime win against the New Hampshire Wildcats. "He finally ran on an anti gravity treadmill, up to 80 percent of his body weight I think we're close to getting him to job, dry offense early in the week. If there's no setback, live action in pieces later in the week."

Donahue said the team would "hopefully" have Clifford back for next Saturday's game, but it all depends on how he progresses over the next week.

Clifford is averaging 6.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this year.

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