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Bruins’ Adam McQuaid suffers setback

 Adam McQuaid (Barry Chin/Globe Staff),

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Adam McQuaid.

WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid has suffered yet another setback in his quest to return from a leg injury that has caused him to miss 28 games this season. The Bruins defenseman had been on target to return Saturday against Washington, but that will not be the case.

“It becomes day to day, week to week, month to month,” coach Claude Julien said Friday. “I’m not sure anymore.”

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Julien said team trainers had kept McQuaid off the ice Thursday to give him some additional rest, then told the coach Friday that he had suffered the setback.

“It’s been a frustrating injury for him,” Julien said. “I know he’s really itching to get back and those kind of things happen. He’s set back a little bit, so hopefully we’ll get some better news here in the next few days.”

Julien said McQuaid is unlikely to play Sunday in New York against the Rangers as well.

McQuaid’s status could affect the Bruins’ trade prospects. Having already lost Dennis Seidenberg for the season, the team is searching for a defenseman before the March 5 trade deadline.

TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted earlier Friday that the Bruins are among the teams interested in trading for Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips.

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