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Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews prepares to take a face-off against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver on Dec. 2, 2017.

Darryl Dyck/The Globe and Mail

Toronto Maple Leafs star centre Auston Matthews says he has been dealing with concussion symptoms after colliding with a teammate in a game earlier this month.

Matthews confirmed the nature of his latest injury to reporters Friday after participating in his first practice in two weeks.

He has missed six games since a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh on Dec. 9, when he took an accidental hit to the head from Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly late in the contest.

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He also missed four games in November with what the team called an "upper-body injury."

Toronto has gone 2-4 in their latest stint without Matthews, and 6-4 over the two absences.

The Leafs play the second game of a five-game road trip Saturday against the New York Rangers. Matthews said he feels good, but the team has not indicated whether he will make is return at Madison Square Garden.

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