April 17th, 2024

Italian star Lorenzo Insigne expected to be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury

By The Canadian Press on March 29, 2024.

Toronto FC’s feel-good start to the Major League Soccer season is being tempered by a string of injuries. As John Herdman’s team prepares to host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, supporters are awaiting word on the status of Italian star Insigne, who limped off the field in the first half of last week’s 2-0 win over Atlanta United. Insigne winces during MLS action against Charlotte FC in Toronto, Saturday, March 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto FC coach John Herdman says Italian star Lorenzo Insigne is expected to miss six weeks with a hamstring injury.

A distraught Insigne hobbled off in first-half stoppage time of last Saturday’s 2-0 win over visiting Atlanta, trying not to put weight on his right leg, after pulling up in the Atlanta penalty box on what seemed an innocuous play.

Herdman said experts in Canada, England and Italy had studied Insigne’s MRI, calling the news “a huge blow for us.”

The 32-year-old Italian played in just 20 of 34 league games last season and Toronto looked to limit his minutes early this season in a bid to keep him healthy.

He has scored twice this season, both game-winners that were named the MLS goal of the week.

Toronto (3-1-1) hosts Sporting Kansas City (1-1-3) on Saturday. A win and Toronto matches its wins total from last season when it finished last in the league at 4-20-10.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 29, 2024.

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