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Toronto FC expect Drew Moor to return within the next two weeks

The centre-back looks set to miss the Reds’ upcoming home games but should be close to a comeback after that.

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All things considered, Toronto FC and Drew Moor appear to have got off pretty lightly.

The Reds expect their veteran defender to return to the team after being shut down due to an irregular heartbeat within the next two weeks, meaning he is likely to miss somewhere between four and six games in total.

Moor has already sat out fixtures against the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire and will leave Toronto on Tuesday morning, per John Molinaro of Sportsnet, for an appointment with an out-of-town heart specialist. He will be gone for a couple of days.

As Moor cannot participate in training of any kind until he has seen the cardiologist, we can almost certainly rule him out of Friday night’s visit of the Houston Dynamo.

TFC then host Orlando City the following Wednesday, which you would also expect will come too soon for Moor given he would only have trained for two or three days - and that’s assuming, of course, that the cardiologist clears him to return immediately in the first place.

All being well, the 33-year-old should be in contention to play at the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, May 6 or in the second trip to Columbus on Wednesday, May 10. That would be a boost ahead of a busy few weeks with a number of midweek games in both MLS and the Canadian Championship.

Molinaro has more good news, too; Jason Hernandez is back in full training and will further add to Greg Vanney’s defensive options, though another attempt to build up some match fitness with TFC II may come first for the new signing.

In the meantime, Nick Hagglund has done an admirable job in the centre of the back three as Moor’s replacement and will be a better player for the experience. “You just have to use a different side of your game,” he said after the win over Chicago. “It’s a little bit more mental, more communication and I think I can take steps if I move back out or stay here - I think, ultimately, as a player I’m going to continue to grow.”