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Sebastian Giovinco’s leg injury doesn’t appear to be serious

The Italian was subbed out before the half, but it doesn’t look like he will miss much time.

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Toronto FC’s first half nightmare against the Philadelphia Union appears to be short-lived. After going down 1-0 early in the half, things went from bad to worse when star player Sebastian Giovinco had to be helped off the pitch with a leg injury.

On the field, it looked fairly serious. Giovinco was in clear pain after taking a heavy tackle from Union defender Oguchi Onyewu. He didn’t look to be able to put any weight on his leg.

However, news out of the Toronto FC camp is that the injury is only a contusion, essentially a bruise. While this injury was clearly painful for the Atomic Ant, it does not appear that it will keep him out for any significant period of time.

While it is too early to put any sort of timeline on Giovinco’s return, it is possible he returns next week against the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, the fact that game will be played on the BC Place turf might result in a cautious approach. After that game is an international break, and TFC does not play again until their home opener on March 31.

Waking the Red will continue to update Giovinco’s situation as more information is released by the club.