Despite the commendable efforts of Nick Hagglund, Toronto FC struggled without Drew Moor against the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, conceding two quick-fire goals in their 2-1 defeat at Mapfre Stadium.
Fortunately, the Reds may not be without their best defender for long. Alarm bells were ringing - both for the player’s health and TFC’s prospects without him - when Moor was pulled out of training due to the discovery of an irregular heartbeat last week, but the early indication - per Kurt Larson of the Sun - is that we should not expect this to mirror Clint Dempsey’s experience.
TFC is optimistic that Drew Moor's irregular heartbeat can be corrected swiftly. Early indication tonight is it shouldn't be long-term.— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) April 16, 2017
Thanks to all for the support and kind words. Just a small bump in the road. My plan is to be back on the field as soon as possible!— Drew Moor (@drewmoor) April 14, 2017
As we noted last week, while Dempsey had his 2016 season ended by this issue, it has been dealt with in a matter of days for the likes of basketball star LaMarcus Aldridge.
Moor will almost certainly not be in the lineup on Friday night when the Chicago Fire visit BMO Field, as - again, per Larson - he will not see a cardiologist until late this week. If the issue can be corrected with medication, Moor could be back in training ahead of the match against the Houston Dynamo.
TFC will no doubt tread very carefully with this, and only return Moor to the lineup when they are absolutely sure things are under control. For now, though, the prognosis looks as encouraging as can be hoped for in this situation and we can expect to hear more in the coming days as preparations get underway for the visit of the Fire.