It hasn't been Sebastian Giovinco's week. On Monday, the Italian forward learned that he had not been called up for the Italian side going to Euro 2016. Today, a leg injury forced him out of Toronto FC's match against the New York Red Bulls.
After just 22 minutes Giovinco was taken off of the pitch and replaced by Ashtone Morgan. Giovinco has played all but one minute this season for Toronto FC.
Giovinco appeared to be hobbled by a pass he played, and instantly looked in discomfort. After taking a couple of steps he would rip off the captain's armband, which he was wearing in Micheal Bradley's absence, in disgust. He then signalled to the bench that he needed to be brought off.
The Italian went straight down the tunnel after the change was made with an apparent adductor injury. It is an injury that saw the atomic ant miss minutes last season, and the severity is not known at this time.
Having Giovinco out long term would, evidently, be problematic for Toronto FC. At the time of writing Giovinco has been involved in all but one goal that Toronto FC has scored this season. The atomic ant has 8 goals and 4 assists so far this year.
If Giovinco's injury is extended, however, the timing would be fairly good. Toronto does not have another MLS game until June 18 when they play they LA Galaxy as the league takes a break for the Copa America Centenario. Toronto FC do, however, have two sem-final Voyageurs Cup games against the Montreal Impact in that time.
Toronto FC is already missing their two other designated players. Michael Bradley is with the United States for the Copa America, while Jozy Altidore suffered a hamstring injury that has seen him miss most of the past three games.