Early injuries to key players can be difficult to overcome in the early going of a new season. Random injuries outside of regular games are even more difficult. Joffrey Lupul must have some pretty bad luck considering how he broke a bone in his hand earlier this week. Lupul stepped on a stick during the Maple Leafs’ practice, causing him to fall to the ice. Once the X-rays came in, the diagnosis was made that Lupul broke a bond in his hand.
The random injury will keep him in a cast for 10 days and out of the lineup for three weeks.
Joffrey Lupul out 3 weeks with broken bone in hand, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. Lupul will be in cast 10 days.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) November 1, 2014
Though Lupul’s recovery time may be shortened or extended, it’s likely he’s going to miss approximately 10 games. The timing of Lupul’s injury couldn’t be much worse considering the team is finally starting to find its footing and just recently appeared to be finding some chemistry. Losing a player of Lupul’s caliber is difficult to stomach, especially given the nature of the injury, during a time where the club appears to be on the rise.
Over his first nine games, Lupul has two goals and one assist. He’ll be reassessed once the cast is removed in 10 days.