Toronto FC: How long will Sebastian Giovinco be missing?

What Impact Will Sebastian Giovinco’s Injury Have on Toronto FC?

The pride which Toronto FC fans felt, after Sebastian Giovinco was called up to Italy’s international squad, has now been replaced by feelings of dread. The former Juventus player has been ruled out of the upcoming Euro qualifiers.

The news was confirmed by Giovinco was forced to leave the Coverciano tramp camp early on Monday afternoon, as a result of an injury he picked up during Toronto FC’s win at the weekend, against the Montreal Impact.

The Italian was substituted early in the second half of the 2-1 victory, with an adductor muscle injury. He still flew to Italy to join the squad, raising hopes that he might be okay.

Of course, most people feel bad for Giovinco, who has been sensational in MLS this season, and is odds-on favourite to be named league MVP. However, thoughts now turn to what impact his injury will have on TFC?

The Reds are primed to finally make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. While they are still well-placed to qualify, there will now be concerns in the back of the mind that another late-season swoon could happen.

So, how much time can we expect the 28-year old to miss? Initially at least, we know he will not play in the match against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, given that he was ruled out of both of Italy’s qualifying games.

How much longer Giovinco is out of action, will depend on what type of adductor muscle injury he has suffered. If it is a strain, then he could be out anywhere from two to six weeks.

By translation, this means the forward could miss between two and six games. The only saving grace is that six matches appears to be the worst case scenario, with Toronto FC playing four of their fixtures in the friendly confines of BMO Field.