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Bargnani returns for Raptors after missing 26 games with elbow injury

Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani walks off the court after their defeat to the Detroit Pistons during their NBA game in Auburn Hills, Michigan November 23, 2012.

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Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani was slated to return for Toronto's home game versus the Boston Celtics on Wednesday after a 26-game absence.

The Italian last played Dec. 10 when he suffered a strained right wrist and torn ligaments in his right elbow in a game at Portland.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Bargnani would come in off the bench against the Celtics.

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The six-year veteran has averaged 16 points and 4.3 rebounds a game this season.

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