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Giovinco and Cheyrou's Status Still Unknown as Several Toronto FC Players Return

After playing without at least six starters this past weekend against the Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC will get most of those players back for Sunday's game against New England. Whether Sebastian Giovinco and Benoit Cheyrou are among them remains to be seen.

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Sebastian Giovinco was training with Toronto FC today, but whether or not he is in the lineup Sunday against the New England Revolution will be a game time decision.

After the club's last training session before game day, Greg Vanney was unwilling to say whether or not Giovinco or Benoit Cheyrou will be available for this weekend's match. This is likely because the team will not know until the day of the match whether either or both are fit for action.

Cheyrou was not in training today, making it look likely that the midfielder will miss his second straight game due to injury. Both Giovinco and Cheyrou left a game two weeks ago against the Montreal Impact and neither have played since.

As a result of his injury, Giovinco missed a call up to the Italian national team after returning to his country of birth only to be told that he was not healthy enough to play.

The only player on the Toronto FC roster who is certain to miss this weekend's clash is Collen Warner, who is still serving the second of a two game suspension he received for a tackle on Dominic Oduro against Montreal.

Ahmed Kantari is the other question mark. The defender was expected to start this past weekend against Seattle, but ultimately was unable due to injury. Whether that injury has healed enough for him to play in some capacity this weekend remains to be seen.

Toronto will be getting a number of starters back, however, chief among them Jozy Altidore who is returning from international duty with the United States. His tour of duty was fairly successful, as he scored two goals against Peru before playing 57 minutes in a loss to Brazil.

All this should have Altidore returning in peak form, something that will be crucial even if the club's leading scorer, Giovinco, is ready to play.

On the backend, Justin Morrow missed the last game due to the birth of his daughter, and will be back in the lineup on Sunday. He will be joined by Damien Perquis, who has missed three straight matches due to a combination of injury and suspension.

Toronto will be hoping these familiar faces will be enough to earn them a crucial victory over New England, who they will be looking to leapfrog in the standings with just eight games remaining in the Major League Soccer season.