TORONTO, Canada—Reinforcements are on the way.
Both Pablo Piatti (calf) and Richie Laryea (groin) are expected to be available for Toronto FC’s first postseason game Tuesday against Nashville SC.
Piatti, a designated player for the club, has missed the past four matches after suffering a Grade 2 calf strain in a training session. It’s perhaps no coincidence that the team struggled in his absence, posting one win and three losses during that span.
Laryea, meanwhile, tried to play through his groin injury but was eventually forced off during the first half of the Reds’ Decision Day regular-season finale Nov. 8 vs. the New York Red Bulls. Vanney told us at the time that he felt like Laryea would be okay, and it appears the Canadian has indeed recovered in time to play a role.
To what extent, however, still remains to be seen for either player as coach Greg Vanney has played his cards close to his chest heading into the MLS Cup Playoffs. When asked about the status of certain players, Vanney opted to be more vague:
It sounds like #TFCLive will be a healthier squad when they take on Nashville tomorrow, but to what extent still remains to be seen. As expected, Vanney holding his cards close to his chest for this playoff game:— Michael Singh (@MichaelSingh94) November 23, 2020
"Some guys will be involved, while others are on the cusp ..."
Three Toronto FC players have not been medically cleared for Tuesday’s contest, according to the league’s injury report:
Toronto FC begin their quest for an MLS Cup Tuesday evening at ‘home’ in East Hartford, Connecticut when they take on expansion side Nashville SC for the very first time.