TORONTO, Canada—After limping off during Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Club León, Jozy Altidore will undergo an MRI to discover the extent of the injury.
Per John Molinaro—who is re-joining the TFC beat(!) by the way—Toronto FC President Bill Manning and co. are still unsure how serious Altidore’s injury is, thus the need for an MRI.
Spoke with Bill Manning today. Tells me Jozy is having an MRI, so we'll see how serious the injury is. #TFCLive— John Molinaro (@JohnMolinaro) April 9, 2021
Altidore, who appeared to be holding his thigh or hamstring, signalled to the bench in the 71st minute of Wednesday’s match. Four minutes later, he was taken off—without attempting another sprint.
An MRI obviously isn’t a great sign, especially for someone like Altidore who has suffered several muscle-related injuries in the past. Last season, Altidore was limited to just 15 matches in all competitions, accumulating a total of 863 minutes spent on the pitch.
Toronto FC were already missing 10(!) players on Wednesday: Alejandro Pozuelo, Ayo Akinola, Nick DeLeon, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Julian Dunn, Quentin Westberg, Tsubasa Endoh, and Achara. Erickson Gallardo also left the game with an apparent leg injury.
We don’t expect Altidore to be available for Wednesday’s second leg, but we hope that he won’t be forced to miss an extended period of time. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.