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Steven Beitashour out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on damaged pancreas

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Kyle Fisher’s wild challenge left its mark on the right-back.

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It looks as if Steven Beitashour did not quite come out of that wild Kyle Fisher tackle unscathed.

Toronto FC announced on Thursday night that the right-back will be out for a currently unknown period of time after undergoing surgery on a damaged pancreas.

The Reds did not attribute the injury to any incident in particular but with Beitashour having been doubled over in pain in the aftermath of Fisher’s challenge late in the first half, it does not seem like a stretch to suggest that is where the problem originated.

Toronto say Beitashour is in a “stable” condition - a description that sounds somewhat worrying but that we don’t know much more about.

Beitashour required treatment but went on to complete the 90 minutes as TFC won 2-1 on the night and successfully defended the Voyageurs Cup. Fisher received a yellow card from referee David Gantar.

If the 30-year-old is out for any lengthy period of time, it could cause Greg Vanney a problem. His depth options at right-back are Tsubasa Endoh, who has been learning the position to mixed success this season, and rookie Oyvind Alseth. It is probably fair to say that Toronto have less cover for Beitashour than any other of their regular starters.

For now, all we can do is send one of the warmest, friendliest members of the squad our best wishes and hope his recovery is as swift as possible.