Toronto FC benefiting from bye week but team trainers still working overtime

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April 24 2014 ISN – TORONTO – It’s a bye week for Toronto FC but team trainers are still
working overtime.

Toronto (3-3-0) has had as many as 10 players getting treatment this week.
The good news is that star striker Jermain Defoe ran past reporters
Thursday, after working out separately from the main squad under bright
sunshine at the team’s north Toronto training ground.

Defender Doneil Henry has also resumed light training after a calf and knee

Defoe (hamstring) and Henry have both missed the last three games.

Midfielder Michael Bradley, who played in Saturday’s 2-1 road loss against
FC Dallas, did not practise Thursday. He had a previously scheduled minor
procedure on a nerve issue in his foot which has been bothering him for
some time.

“It just means he’s just got to get off it (the foot) for a week,” said
manager Ryan Nelsen. “This was always planned, to do it at this time when
we have a couple of weeks off.”

Bradley, who did not look himself against Dallas, had missed the previous
game against Colorado due to quadricep and groin issues.

Midfielder Jeremy Hall is a longer-term injury concern, however, with an
Achilles injury.

Most of Toronto’s walking wounded should be back in practice next week with
Bradley and Defoe both expected to be available for selection for TFC’s
next outing, May 3 against the visiting New England Revolution.

New England (2-3-2) hosts defending champion Sporting Kansas City this

Toronto may still not have a full deck next week but it will be far better
than the 11 fit players it had at one practice session this week.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defenders Mark Bloom and Justin Morrow are the
only TFC players to have seen action in all six games this season. Nelsen
has been forced to use 20 different players.

Henry, for one, is taking his return slowly. What was advertised as a
jarred knee was actually a low-grade medial collateral ligament sprain and
calf tear.

He has spent a week running and is now testing the leg out by jumping and
changing directions.

“So far, so good,” he said. “I feel good. So hopefully I can start training
with the team next week.”

He had been feeling his knees and ankles for some time but said he was
sidelined after his knee buckled while about to pass the ball.

After playing four of its first six games on the road, Toronto now plays
five of its next seven at home including an Amway Canadian Championship
date with Vancouver.

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