The 26-year-old center injured his knee at the end of October and was said to be out for the rest of the season.

But the recovery has gone faster than expected and Rydahl is in Färjestad's second chain ahead of today's meeting with Malmö, the first round of 16 in the best of three matches.

- The body feels very good.

I have driven as I should have done and not cheated with anything, he told Värmlands Folkblad last week.

The match starts at 15.00 and is played in Malmö arena.

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Jonas Andersson, right.

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