TORONTO, Canada—Some tough news out of Canada camp as Toronto FC forward Ayo Akinola is likely done for the remainder of the regular season after suffering an ACL injury in Sunday’s match against the United States.
The 21-year-old striker injured his knee in the 18th minute, as he appeared to tweak his knee, going down in obvious pain, beating his hand against the ground in clear discomfort. After receiving treatment, Akinola—who was making his first career start for Canada against the nation he turned down—surprisingly managed to walk off under his own will and even tried to play through the injury. However, two minutes later, Akinola would go down again, signalling the end of his afternoon early.
Ayo Akinola is down hurt. He looks like he's in a lot of pain. Not a good sign.— Michael Singh (@MichaelSingh94) July 18, 2021
It’s a gut-wrenching injury for a player who was just rounding into form with Toronto FC. After missing the entire preseason with an undisclosed injury/illness, the up-and-coming star was looking fit and dangerous like he was last season when he led Major League Soccer in goals per 90. In his last five matches with TFC, he scored three times.
He will be evaluated by Toronto FC medical staff upon his return to the club in the coming days. That’s a huge blow for the club, who will have to rely on designated player Jozy Altidore to provide most of the offence from the No. 9 spot moving forward.
Of course, we’re wishing Akinola a speedy recovery.