Toronto FC came into the MLS playoffs fully healthy after a difficult season dealing with injuries to key players. But in their first game of the postseason against the New York Red Bulls, the injury bug has once again reared its head.
Both Victor Vazquez and Drew Moor had to be subbed out after suffering injuries. The status of the two players is not known at this time, but there will be concern over both ahead of Sunday’s second leg at BMO Field.
After the match, TSN’s Kristian Jack reported that Moor had rolled his ankle and tried to warm up before the second half only to decide he was not able to continue.
Vazquez, meanwhile, was said to be suffering from pain in his hip area that was affecting his adductor muscle.
After 44-plus minutes of TFC outplaying the home side at Red Bull Arena, Moor conceded a penalty after being judged to have made contact with Bradley Wright-Phillips in the box.
He hurt his ankle in the process and was replaced by Nick Hagglund. Hagglund was a fixture in Toronto’s playoff run last season, but had not played in an MLS match since mid-August.
Vazquez also tried to continue playing after being hip-checked by Felipe to no call from the referee. He was clearly shaken by the contact, though, and was replaced by Jonathan Osorio shortly after.
The Spaniard looked to be in serious discomfort on the Toronto bench. After finishing second in the league in assists during the regular season, any extended absence would put a huge dent in Toronto’s MLS Cup hopes.