Just days after receiving his first international callup since making the flight overseas to join Toronto FC, Sebastian Giovinco has picked up an injury that will keep him from representing Italy. The 28-year-old came off the pitch in discomfort late in Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
After initial assessment, Giovinco was cleared to travel to Italy where he underwent an evaluation from the Italian medical staff. However, he was not cleared to play due to an abductor injury which he has been dealing with for weeks.
Italy is set to play a pair of Euro 2016 qualifiers against Malta on September 3 and Bulgaria on September 6. Giovinco will now have to continue his strong play in MLS to earn another callup. He currently has 17 goals and 10 assists in 25 games.
The timeline of Giovinco's injury is unknown at this time, as he will be further evaluated by the Toronto medical staff later in the week. At this time it would be highly unlikely that he is in the lineup for this weekend's match against Seattle.
Toronto FC were always expecting to be without Giovinco for this match, as his Italian callup would have made him unavailable. However, should the injury extend beyond that time it would be a massive blow for the team as they try to make a first ever playoff appearance.
The club will also be without striker Jozy Altidore this weekend, but for more positive reasons. The American international has received a callup for the United States friendlies against Peru and Brazil.
This callup comes just months after Altidore was cut from the American team ahead of the knockout rounds of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The striker has been in strong form for Toronto as of late, scoring 3 goals in his last 2 matches. He now has 10 on the season, the most he has ever had in an MLS campaign.
Luckily, the United States did not call up captain Michael Bradley for the initial game against Peru, meaning that he will be available against Seattle. The American will join his team for the game against Brazil but will not miss any matches for his club.
Another player who picked up injury on Saturday was Benoit Cheyrou, who was replaced by Altidore in the first half and went directly down the tunnel. Which Greg Vanney indicated after the match that he did not believe the injury was serious, there has been no news as to whether Cheyrou will be available in a weeks time.
Fellow midfielder Collen Warner could also be unavailable due to suspension, although the league has not announced any discipline yet for his reckless challenge on Montreal's Dominic Oduro. The challenge resulting in a yellow card during the match.
Further, there has been no update on defender Damien Perquis, who has missed Toronto's last three games due to a combination of suspension and injury.
The club will truly be in tough to find goals should all of these players be unavailable. Outside of Giovinco, Altidore, Cheyrou and Warner, other Toronto players have only scored 14 goals this year.