Is Joffrey Lupul around the corner from rejoining the Leafs? It appears that way.

Lupul, who suffered a broken forearm against Pittsburgh on Jan. 23, took more progressive steps during practice on Wednesday.

Lupul wore the same colour sweater as centre Mikhail Grabovski and wingers Jay McClement and Nikolai Kulemin.

“He looks good from the standpoint of the way he moves out there,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “But I don’t think it would be wise to get too far ahead of ourselves with him participating in a limited amount in (his) first practice. He just did all of the forechecking. Instead of a coach doing it we sent a player to do it. We will have more on the doctor’s assessment of him as we go forward in the next couple of days.”

Next Wednesday will mark eight weeks that Lupul was hurt when he was hit by a Dion Phaneuf slapshot.

“It is not my decision,” Lupul said. “It’s whenever I am cleared to play, I will be playing. For me, I feel good and my conditioning is fine. Ready to go when I get the green light.”