When Jozy Altidore left the game against the New England Revolution it was pretty clear that he was not going to be back in the lineup for some time. Given the Americans history of hamstring injuries it seemed likely that he would once again be sidelined for some time with a muscular injury.
Toronto FC announced on Tuesday that the forward would miss 4-5 weeks having been diagnosed with a hamstring strain. The injury will rule him out for MLS games against the Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, and DC United with the potential for him to miss matches against New York City FC, Montreal Impact, and DC United again. There is also a very good chance that the injury will mean Altidore missing out on the Gold Cup this July if his timeline is at all extended beyond those 5 weeks.
The pain of losing Altidore to this injury would be mitigated if he winds up making his return in 4 weeks time as a good chunk of his absence would be during Toronto FC's light schedule. It is that fifth week that becomes problematic as the club has 3 games in those seven days. Getting him back for some of those games would be a big boost for the club heading in to the busy summer months of their schedule.
The question now for TFC is how they will fill the void left behind by their top scoring forward. Altidore has tallied six goals in all competitions already this season and that kind of production will be hard to replace. Sebastian Giovinco will be relied on to carry a fair bit of that load in the next month but it seems unlikely that he will be able to do it on his own.
Luke Moore seems to be the most likely option to take over Altidore's place in the starting lineup given that Bright Dike is out on loan to San Antonio in NASL. That leaves Jordan Hamilton as the only other real option to fill the spot in the roster but he has yet to be given a chance by Greg Vanney this season so it would be a real surprise to see him moved up the depth chart to help fill that Altidore shaped hole.
Unless Robbie Findley and Luke Moore find their scoring boots for the next month this could be a tough stretch for TFC to overcome. It will certainly be another test of their depth which has already been proven lacking in other areas this season.