Toronto FC returned to training on Tuesday following their 1-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids over the weekend. They got back to work without a number of key players though as the team's injury list is still looking quite lengthy. Doneil Henry, Dwayne De Rosario, Jonathan Osorio, Jermain Defoe, and Michael Bradley were all absent from training on Tuesday as it looks like Ryan Nelsen could once again be dealing with a limited roster when the team heads south to take on FC Dallas this Saturday.
On Tuesday, Nelsen was not willing to rule out Defoe, Bradley, and Osorio taking part this weekend despite the trio being held out of the regular training session. He did rule out Henry and De Rosario though as the pair of Canadians will not be back in time for this weekend's game against Dallas.
Henry is out with a knee injury while De Rosario is out with a strained leg muscle according to the coach. The questionable players are all out with different muscle injuries as Defoe and Osorio are recovering from hamstring injuries and Bradley is dealing with an injury to his groin and quadriceps.
With the kind of injuries that Osorio, Defoe, and Bradley are suffering from it is hard to put any real timeline on when they could be expected back. Muscle injuries are often unpredictable in their recovery times and the risk of re-injury is quite high should a player try to come back too early.
Considering the way the season has started for TFC and how many games they have left to play it would be foolish for Nelsen to rush any of these five players back in to the lineup and risk them suffering a more long term injury and joining Bright Dike on the sidelines.
It is also worth keeping in mind that after the game against FC Dallas the team has a bye week which should help give the injured players time to recover. With the week off ahead it would seem likely that any player who is not at or close to 100% fit will be held out of the game to give them that extra time to fully recover.
The team still have five days to make a decision on who will be available against FC Dallas this weekend but unless players start to show improvement it is looking like we will once again see TFC working with limited options come Saturday's game.
We will update on the injury situation as the week progresses and a more clear picture becomes available.