Toronto FC’s depth, which has helped Greg Vanney’s team to a franchise-record six wins in a row, is about to get tested some more.
After a hectic stretch of five games in 15 days, Toronto (7-1-4) was looking forward to a quiet week before Friday’s game at the New York Red Bulls. But things got more complicated for league-leading TFC on Monday with unwanted injury news about striker Sebastian Giovinco and defender Nick Hagglund.
Giovinco has been diagnosed with a quad strain and is expected to be out for up to three weeks.
The news is worse for Hagglund, who has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks.
Both were forced to leave Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Minnesota United.
Giovinco is tied with Jozy Altidore for the team lead in goals with six. Hagglund has been a major part of Toronto’s back three, especially in the absence of injured veteran Drew Moor.
On the plus side, Vanney has some ready replacements.
Forward Tosaint Ricketts has scored three times in the last two matches, including both game-winning goals. Moor, who has been out since mid-April due to a irregular heartbeat, is back training. And veteran Jason Hernandez, subbed out at halftime Saturday due to a bout of food poisoning, has been steady when needed.
Vanney has dipped deep in his roster during the recent busy spell, using 19 players during the current win streak.
“I think we have an incredibly deep team with players capable of starting on a lot of teams around this league that don’t always get to start for us every weekend,” Vanney said after the Minnesota game.
On Saturday, he had five of his starters from the 2016 MLS Cup final on the bench as well as Spanish playmaker Victor Vazquez, who leads the league in assists.
Toronto is just the third MLS team since 2007 to post a regular-season win streak of six or more games.
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