The Toronto Maple Leafs got a welcome sign when injured winger Joffrey Lupul skated for the Leafs prior to the team’s regular skate on Monday morning.

The star came onto the ice by himself at about 10 at the MasterCard Centre, about half an hour before the Leafs began their practice.

However, Lupul did not participate in the full practice. He has been out of the lineup with a strained groin. The Leafs spent the early part of practice in the video room.

Leaf defenceman Cody Franson also did not practise. He’s out with an undislcosed lower-body injury.

Lupul has been out with a groin injury since Nov. 25 and has missed the last three games. In the time, the Leafs have gone 0-1-2.

Lupul started skating slowly and then began to open up his stride a bit more, shooting pucks at the empty net.

He was skating under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza while skating coach Barb Underhill looked on.

Lupul was hurt against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was expected to be out for two weeks.