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Injury Report: Sebastian Giovinco & Jozy Altidore the headline absences in Columbus

Chris Mavinga has missed some training but should be good to go.

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve been living on the moon for the past couple of weeks, Toronto FC will be without Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore tonight against the Columbus Crew.

Here is TFC’s complete personnel situation for the first leg in Ohio.


No news here. Both Alex Bono and Clint Irwin are available, while third-string Mark Pais is unlikely to have travelled.

Players available: Alex Bono, Clint Irwin


Chris Mavinga suffered a minor injury in the second leg against the New York Red Bulls but returned to full training last Wednesday and is expected to start.

Players available: Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta, Chris Mavinga, Nick Hagglund, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow, Steven Beitashour, Oyvind Alseth, Ashtone Morgan


Toronto have a clean bill of health in midfield, though Benoit Cheyrou has seen limited minutes since returning from a calf tear and may not be in contention to start.

Armando Cooper returned from international duty on Wednesday night. The players had the following day off, meaning the Panamanian will have been back in training sometime across the weekend.

Players available: Michael Bradley, Victor Vazquez, Nicolas Hasler, Raheem Edwards, Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Jay Chapman, Benoit Cheyrou, Armando Cooper, Sergio Camargo, Tsubasa Endoh


Altidore and Giovinco are suspended. Both will miss one game - the former for a straight red and the latter for yellow-card accumulation - and be available for the home leg next week.

Tosaint Ricketts is expected to start in their absence, and either Jordan Hamilton or Ben Spencer will have a chance of getting a taste of the playoffs from the bench.

Players available: Tosaint Ricketts, Jordan Hamilton, Ben Spencer