Toronto FC’s goalkeeping debate may be over for at least a little while.
Clint Irwin was substituted in the first half of the Reds’ home opener against Sporting Kansas City with what looked to be a painful injury after landing awkwardly on his left foot.
Irwin had saved from Soony Saad inside the six-yard box but after stretching out his right leg to make the save, his left boot appeared to catch the turf and twist.
The 27-year-old tried to get back to his feet but immediately went down again and was replaced by Alex Bono after consulting with a physio.
Greg Vanney later confirmed that Irwin’s injury seemed to be to his hamstring, and Bono added that he would be going for an MRI on Saturday.
That is probably good news given it looked a very real possibility that Irwin may have twisted his knee, sparking fears of ligament damage.
“We don’t know exactly,” Vanney said. “I think it was when he kind of jammed his foot into the ground there. Preliminary we think it’s something hamstring-related, but we’re going to have more of an evaluation tonight and just make sure that’s where we’re at. But it seems like it’s a leg injury of some sort. Our speculation right now is hamstring.”
Vanney also confirmed that TFC II goalkeeper Mark Pais would be the most likely choice to replace Bono on the bench.