Osorio out of full Toronto FC training on Friday as injuries continue


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The nightmare continues for Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who is still struggling with what he calls “neurological dysfunction” after being elbowed in the head against Chicago on July 13.

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Not only is Osorio not in Europe as the Canadian national team prepares for the FIFA World Cup in November, but he didn’t even take part in full training with the TFC on Friday afternoon.

“It’s an ongoing situation that everyone is trying to monitor,” TFC coach Bob Bradley said.

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Osorio, 30, told reporters before the TFC game against Orlando City last Saturday that he hoped to feel good enough after the Orlando game to be able to join the national team in Europe this week and possibly take part in a few games pre-worlds. Cup friendlies against Qatar and Uruguay.

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But he stayed in Toronto. Despite this, TFC officials insist he hasn’t suffered a setback in his injury. Osorio declined to be interviewed on Friday.

“Like I’ve told you all the time, one day he might feel a little bit better, so you see how he’s doing. And then the next day, maybe not,” Bradley said. It’s a situation that everyone is trying to help him through.”

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You know that Osorio, who has been part of Canada’s senior national team since 2013, is doing everything he can to be healthy enough to compete in the World Cup – the first one Canada has qualified since 1986. Missing the biggest sporting event in the world would be a huge blow for the likeable midfielder who, when uninjured this year, was enjoying one of his best seasons. The TFC’s all-time leader with 318 appearances, Osorio has scored nine goals this season, just one of his career-high. In 2018, Osorio scored 10 goals in 30 games. This year he has nine, but in just 23 appearances. He also has six assists. When asked how Osorio was dealing mentally with his head injury and his absence from the national team, Bradley said: “I know it hasn’t been easy (but) he has kept a good mentality in this. topic. He’s working with our medical staff to try to get through this.

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” It’s difficult. What are you going to say? Bradley added.

Even if Osorio is healthy by November, it will be a difficult situation for him and three other Canadian national team members who play for TFC – Richie Laryea, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Doneil Henry. With just two games left and Toronto’s final regular season game on Oct. 9, the Toronto quartet will be canceling crucial club games in the weeks leading up to the World Cup, and that’s a significant competitive disadvantage for those players. Canada beat World Cup hosts Qatar 2-0 in Vienna on Friday, with Laryea and Kaye replaced in the game in the second half.

Osorio is in the final year of his current contract with TFC and becomes a free agent at the end of this season. It has been reported that some European clubs are interested in his services, including Greek club Panathinaikos, and Osorio has said in the past that one of his dreams is to play club football in Europe. Osorio described negotiations with TFC for a new contract as slow.

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Meanwhile, TFC are winless in four straight games and have lost three in a row, giving up 12 goals in that streak – only the fourth team in MLS history to do so. Next Friday night, the Reds host Alejandro Pozuelo and Inter Miami at BMO Field – Toronto’s final home game of the season. Pozuelo is yet to feature at BMO Field against his former club and you can bet no one at TFC wants the Spaniard to steal the show in Toronto’s final home game of the year. In four seasons in Toronto, Pozuelo scored 30 goals in 100 total appearances, while also being a wizard creating scoring chances. He was traded to Inter Miami on July 7 for $150,000 in general allocation money plus an additional conditional GAM based on certain performance metrics. Pozuelo stood out in South Florida, scoring two goals while adding six assists in 11 games.

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“We had good moments in most games,” Bradley said, when asked about his team’s struggles lately. “More consistency, ability to take advantage of certain opportunities, to eliminate certain errors. If you take the games that have been played since Charlotte, there have been some exciting times. »

TFC’s last victory was a 2-0 decision against Charlotte FC on August 27.

“We have to keep building,” added the coach. “And so in our last home game of the year, I think that’s the goal – always trying to be more consistent, trying to improve in all phases of the game and trying to take three points. .

“The response has been good (this week in training),” added Bradley. “The push to do great workouts every day is there.”

Bradley admitted on Friday that he has rarely had a season in his long coaching career where there have been so many problems with his club team – such as injuries, personal issues and a number of key players joining a club at the end of the season, including the three Italian players, Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Bernardeschi and Domenico Criscito.

“We always try to look out for the best interests of the players and I think that’s something the club can be proud of in terms of how we handle and understand some of these situations,” Bradley said.

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