Lupul back on the ice

Joffrey Lupul skates on the MasterCard Centre ice on Sunday after sustaining a blow to the head...

Joffrey Lupul skates on the MasterCard Centre ice on Sunday after sustaining a blow to the head against the Flyers three days earlier. (Dave Thomas, Toronto Sun)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:17 PM ET

Joffrey Lupul re-appeared on the ice Sunday, but it remains to be seen when he’ll get back in a game.

Though the Maple Leafs top winger had “a good day” according to a club official, with a 20-minute skate and an off-ice workout, he won’t likely be returning from an unspecified head injury for Monday’s home game against the Rangers. Lupul was at the MasterCard Centre for a solo skate at the start of an optional practice, then retreated to the dressing room once 12 Leafs and two goalies started ramping up the pace.

But that he was out at all, 48 hours after a severe jolt on Thursday’s game against the Flyers, was a positive sign. Neither Lupul nor head coach Randy Carlyle were made available for comment, but the general impression was Lupul looked fine and was in good spirits when he was in the room. He plans to skate again Monday morning at the Air Canada Centre, where he staggered off the ice early in Thursday's game.

Lupul has 14 points in 10 games o


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