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Drew Moor out of Toronto FC’s trip to Columbus Crew due to irregular heartbeat

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Further testing will take place next week to determine the next steps for the defender.

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Drew Moor is out of Toronto FC’s trip to the Columbus Crew this weekend due to an irregular heartbeat. That is not good news at all.

Here’s the club’s full statement:

During a medical examination following a training session this week, a cardiac arrhythmia was discovered in defender Drew Moor. Further testing is necessary to determine diagnosis and management, which will take place next week. As precaution, Moor will not travel to Columbus for this weekend’s match against Columbus Crew SC.

Our first concern, of course, is with the player. Any underlying problems with the heart are frightening and the only silver lining here is that it has now been detected and can be properly monitored. Anyone who has been around Moor will know he is a pleasure to speak to and deal with, and we wish him all the best.

As for what this means for his ability to play for Toronto FC, the blunt answer right now is that we just don’t know. When the news was announced, Gareth Wheeler noted that Moor has not been feeling well and with that being the case you would expect him to be out of the lineup for at least a few weeks as a precaution.

Until he undergoes the necessary tests, though, it’s impossible to say whether or not this is something that can be easily managed or whether Moor will require a period of absence to deal with it.

On the one hand, Clint Dempsey was taken out of the Seattle Sounders’ lineup at the end of August of last year with an irregular heartbeat and missed the rest of the season. On the other, San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge was ruled out “indefinitely” just last month with the same problem only to be cleared to play again within a week.

Those are two individual cases and Moor’s is another. An irregular heartbeat can be treated with medication, and how Moor responds to that over the next week or so will give TFC an idea of whether this can be stabilized or if there is a more serious issue to worry about. All we can do for now is wait and see.