Heading in to Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids the biggest concern for Toronto FC seems to be the injured list. Early in the week it seemed that half the roster was questionable with several key players being limited in training and the bad news continued on Friday as a number of players have been ruled out for this weekends game.
Following training Ryan Nelsen addressed the media to update the injury situation and noted that his squad will be without Jermain Defoe, Doneil Henry, and Jonathan Osorio along with Bright Dike who is out for most of the season. Nelsen also noted that Alvaro Rey was very questionable and it is still unclear if Michael Bradley will be able to play as he is also questionable.
For those keeping score at home that is five regular starters who could potentially be missing from the game against the Rapids all though it did seem like there was still a decent chance that Bradley will be able to play some part this weekend after taking it easy during the week.
It does seem like the rest of the roster will be available for selection come Friday as both Kyle Bekker and Dwayne De Rosario seem to have recovered from the knocks that were limiting them earlier in the week. Even with them fit it will be a second week in a row where the team's depth will really be put to the test.
Based on the latest injury report it seems that it will be Bradley Orr who replaces Henry in the back four and will partner Steven Caldwell who returns from suspension. The pair certainly has plenty of experience to lean on but might have their hands full with the pace of Deshorn Brown in the Rapids attack.
In front of them things should look similar to what we saw last weekend against the Columbus Crew should Bradley be able to go. He will likely be partnered by Bekker in the middle with Issey Nakajima-Farran and Jackson playing on the wings.
The attack will be led by Gilberto once again with the main question being who is playing up front with him with DeRo seeming to be the most likely option as the only other available forwards are Andrew Wiedeman and Jordan Hamilton.
No matter how you look at it the injury bug is certainly hitting Toronto FC hard of late. If TFC are going to continue their good run of results against the Rapids they will once again need a number of players to step up and fill in for those out injured.