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Toronto FC short-handed for Revolution clash

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Toronto FC is facing a number of key injuries as they head to New England for their game against the Revolution.

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Toronto FC is going to be very shorthanded when they get to Gillette Stadium for this weekend's game against the New England Revolution.  The injuries are starting to pile up again as the team could be without two of their designated players as well as a few members of their defence.

Michael Bradley is back from the Gold Cup where he logged a whole lot of minutes for the USMNT including being played the entire time in a pair of games where it is debatable if Jurgen Klinnsman needed to use his star midfielder.  He has returned with an injury though as the club confirmed on Wednesday that Bradley is expected to be out for 7-10 days with a calf strain.  The injury kept him out of the All Star game and will keep him out of at least one MLS game but likely more with TFC playing Orlando City in the middle of next week.

He is expected to be joined on the sidelines this weekend by a few other players as Ashtone Morgan and Nick Hagglund are both still missing from TFC training.  Morgan, who missed the last game, is still making his way back from a groin injury with the time table for his return being unclear.  He is not expected to be out long but that kind of injury can often take longer to recover from than initially thought so the team will likely have to update his status on a game-to-game basis.

Hagglund is also still on the sidelines with a very unclear timeline for his return.  The defender had to undergo an emergency appendectomy and is still working his way back to full fitness.  His return to training should not be far away but for now he continues to watch from the sidelines.

TFC could be down a second DP on the weekend as well their second All Star is questionable.  Sebastian Giovinco was also forced to withdraw from the game against the Tottenham Hotspur and could also be out this weekend.  Vanney was not willing to rule the midfielder out for this weekend but instead listed him as being day-to-day and will likely be a game time decision.

The good news is that TFC will have some reinforcements for this weekends game as Ahmed Kantari is expected to be available to start and should be paired up with Damien Perquis in the middle of the back four.  It should bring some stability to the defensive unit but with Morgan out Greg Vanney will likely be forced to once again turn to Daniel Lovitz as an outside back.