Joffrey Lupul returns from a five-game concussion absence Tuesday night for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Washington Capitals.

Lupul was expected to start on the Maple Leafs’ second line with Nikolai Kulemin and Nazem Kadri. He did line rushes with them during pregame warmups.

“We’re excited,” defenseman Cody Franson said. “Lupes is a big part of our team. We’re happy to have him back, and he was obviously playing some unbelievable hockey before he got hurt there. So we’re excited to have him back.”

Lupul had five goals and five assists in five games before the concussion caused him to come out of the lineup. Counting the two games before his suspension, the 29-year-old winger has eight goals and six assists in his past seven.

Lupul has only played 10 games all season. He missed 25 games with a broken arm earlier in the year. He has a point in every game since returning from that injury.

The decision to bring him back against the Caps was not made lightly, according to coach Randy Carlyle, who deemed Lupul a “50/50” shot at playing when addressing reporters at 5 p.m.