Toronto FC suffers a setback in their campaign in the MLS, as striker Jozy Altidore is ruled out for the next four to five weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Altidore is said to have suffered the injury during the Reds’ match against the New England Revolution last Saturday. The 25-year old striker is said to have been trying to square a pass across the goal in the 18th minute of the match, but ended up straining his right hamstring. Altidore them limped off the court and was treated in the pitch, before being brought to the digout.
“I don’t know the severity or the extent,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney was quoted during the post-game interview. “He felt a little something in the hamstring area but in speaking to him, he doesn’t feel it’s serious at all.” The coach went on to say he was hoping that the prized striker’s recovery time was as short as possible.
However, after undergoing extensive medical checkups, doctors have confirmed that Altidore would most likely be out for at least a month. While the time frame is expected to hit several of Toront’s more important matches in the MLS, Altidore’s participation in the US national squad is the one that is likely going to bed more affected, as he is likely to be ruled out of the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Germany in the first anbd second weeks of June. However, the striker is expected to be back in action in time for the US team’s first match in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.
This is not the first time that Altidore has had a major hamstring injury. In the summer of last year, he injured his left hamstring during the US’ first match in the World Cup and was sidelined for the entirety of the tournament.
Altidore has started for eight matches this season for Toronto and has made five goals so far.