Lupul will have surgery Thursday.

Joffrey Lupul will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back, a team spokesperson confirmed. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital. If the surgery is successful, Lupul will be able to return to play in 6-8 weeks.

Lupul began suffering back spasms during the preseason, and attempted to play through the pain until Nov. 19, when he rested for two weeks before attempting a comeback on Dec. 4 in Minnesota. He played the next three games, scoring four goals, before experiencing numbness in his leg as a result of his back injections.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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