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Lupul (back spasms) set to make preseason debut tonight

Sep 22, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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Joffrey Lupul AP

Joffrey Lupul is about to get his first taste of preseason action.

Lupul says he’s ready to roll for tonight’s preseason game in Toronto against the Buffalo Sabres. He’s missed the previous four thanks to a case of back spasms. Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post finds out Lupul is champing at the bit to play.

“We’ve put in a lot of hours this week, and I’ve done some stuff on my own in shooting, and I feel good,” Lupul told reporters after Sunday’s game-day skate.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle added Lupul is “110-percent ready to play” which means the Leafs will have a great idea of just how ready to go he is.

Lupul’s health has been an issue throughout his career thanks to a myriad of misfortune.  Three years ago, a bacterial infection kept him out of action and nearly derailed his career. A tricky back should be nothing compared to what he’s already been through.

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