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Bloom could finally return from injury against the Revs

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Mark Bloom is expected to be available for selection this weekend when Toronto FC takes on the New England Revolution. Bloom has yet to feature this season having missed the past several weeks with injury.

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After spending the last several weeks on the sidelines due to injury Mark Bloom could be set to finally make his first appearance of the year.  The right back started the year relegated to the bench as Greg Vanney preferred to start Warren Creavalle in that spot but in recent weeks Bloom has been kept out of the squad by a nagging injury.

For the past few weeks it seemed like Bloom was always listed as questionable and was just a short time away from making his return to the lineup but he continued to be sidelined.  That is set to change though this weekend as Vanney indicated that the defender should be available for selection against the New England Revolution.

The return of Bloom to the roster will hopefully mean fans will have to see less of Creavalle in the lineup moving forward.  Despite some decent performances, Creavalle has proven to be a defensive liability on more than one occasion.  His poor play combined with some strong performances from Ashtone Morgan has led to Justin Morrow being moved to the right side of the defence to try and bring some stability to that position.

Vanney has gone with Morgan on the left and Morrow on the right in recent weeks and it is a combination that has been working out well for the coach.  It would be a surprise to see him make a change in who starts as the outside backs against the Revs given their solid play.

Having Bloom back and fit should provide a boost to the defensive depth of the team which has been proven to be quite lacking early in this season.  He may not just be handed his starting spot back but at least Vanney now has another good option waiting in the wings should he need to make a change.

While Bloom is ready to make his return to the field it may be a bit longer before we see Joe Bendik back in goal.  His injury is nothing major but it appears that the team is willing to take their time in bringing him back based on the play of Chris Konopka in recent games.  Konopka has come in and done an admirable job of replacing Bendik meaning there is no reason to rush the starting keeper back.

Steven Caldwell will once again be sidelined by his injury as he has been ruled out for the game against the Revs.  The timeline for his return is unclear as he has been a few weeks away from being fit for more than a few weeks with no indication that he is getting any closer to recovering.  Clement Simonin is also out once again this weekend as he remains some time away from making his return.

The rest of the roster should be available for selection though as the main concern from Wednesday night, Jonathan Osorio, seems to have no lingering effects from the knock that he suffered against the Montreal Impact.  With the bulk of his roster available for selection it will be up to Vanney to decide who to start and who to rest after a busy week.