TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC will once again have to take on the reigning LigaMX champions Club León without the reigning MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo.
“We’re still a little bit banged up, but that’s part of it right now. The guys that have been injured are slowly coming off that list,” said Armas prior to Wednesday’s match. “I will tell you that Alejandro (Pozuelo) doesn’t look like he’ll going to be ready, but a bunch of other guys are day-to-day and will be considered.”
While Pozuelo won’t be available for Wednesday, there’s a chance Toronto FC do get some other names back into the mix, including Jozy Altidore who left last game with an apparent muscle-related leg injury.
“Most of those guys right now, specifically Jozy and Oso, they’re in this day-to-day,” explained Armas. “We’re just trying to balance out the risk to reward ... they’re doing a lot on the field right now, but the question is do we use them for this match with what’s at stake?
“I think we are going to have some good options.”
According to Steve Buffery, Altidore’s MRI earlier this week revealed no significant damage and came back ‘very good’, showing just a bit of inflammation, which is great news.
With Toronto FC treating Wednesday’s match as a final according to Armas, there’s a slight chance Altidore, Osorio, and others will be available to play in some capacity.
Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg also returned to squad after joining camp late due to personal reasons, however, we expect Alex Bono to start after a strong performance last time out.
The Reds were missing 10 players in the 1-1 first-leg draw at León: Westberg, Julian Dunn, Justin Morrow, Chris Mavinga, Jonathan Osorio, Tsubasa Endoh, Pozuelo, Ayo Akinola, Nick DeLeon, and Achara.
While the injury front still doesn’t look the brightest for TFC, on the other hand, the club may have caught a break as it appears they’ll avoid facing former Arsenal man Joel Campbell.
According to multiple reports, Campbell—who was León’s biggest threat in the first leg—will miss out on the second leg due to quarantine regulations in the United States.
The striker was on international duty with Costa Rica in Europe at the end of March and would have to be quarantined for 15 days in order to participate in Wednesday’s clash.
Kickoff tomorrow is at 6 pm ET and you can catch the match on OneSoccer.