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Hawks’ Brian Campbell may return tonight

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

The last thing Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell wants to do is risk another setback. But Campbell (left foot) wouldn’t rule out playing tonight against the Florida Panthers.

‘‘It’s lingering,’’ Campbell said. ‘‘It’s going to be around. You just have to deal with it.’’

Campbell was hurt when he ‘‘got tripped up’’ March 8 against the Panthers. He tested his injury in pregame warmups the next night against the Tampa Bay Lightning but decided not to play. A few days later, he played only 7:05 against the Washington Capitals.

‘‘I thought it was going pretty good, but I couldn’t [continue] with how I felt,’’ said Campbell, who missed the last two games. ‘‘I had to give myself some time to rest and get back.’’

Incoming Kruger

The Hawks signed 20-year-old center Marcus Kruger last summer and tried to convince him to stay instead of leaving for the Swedish Elite League. But Kruger didn’t think he was ready.

Now Kruger, who has been compared to Dave Bolland, is on his way, partially because Bolland hasn’t been able to shake a concussion. Kruger is expected to join the Hawks as soon as today.

‘‘It’s an opportunity for us to assess him quickly and see if he can fit right in,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘We’re missing two important players in [Patrick Sharp] and [Bolland], and he plays center. We’ll see what kind of an adjustment there is, but he’s got real good instincts, and that can help him quickly.”

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