Head coach Greg Vanney admits Sebastian Giovinco is day-to-day, as Toronto FC prepare for Saturday’s game in Vancouver.
Sebastian Giovinco’s first two seasons with Toronto FC were nothing short of sensational, as he broke records and won various MLS awards. This success was best highlighted by 78 combined goals and assists in 70 total appearances, and winning the 2015 MLS MVP. (And he should have at least been nominated for this award last season as well.)
Unfortunately for Giovinco and the Reds, he is off to an indifferent start in 2017. He missed a penalty which could have won the season opener against San Jose, and left the action just before half time in Philadelphia, after suffering a leg injury.
Now, there’s a very good chance the Italian’s bad luck is set to extend into the third game of the season. As reported by Sportsnet’s John Molinaro, he is questionable for Saturday’s clash with the Whitecaps in Vancouver.
Giovinco sat out training on Tuesday, as he did individual rehab work. Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney discussed the forward’s status with Molinaro and other members of the media:
"“It’s day-to-day. We’ll see how he progresses (this week). But he’s sore and going through normal recovery rehab stuff. He’s questionable (for Saturday’s game), because I’m not quite sure yet.”"
Another factor which will play a part in the Atomic Ant’s availability, is the fact the Whitecaps play on artificial turf. Molinaro noted that Vanney referenced how the surface could aggravate Giovinco’s injury.
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One final consideration is that we’re still early in the season. With Toronto FC set to have a bye week following the game in Vancouver, they could theoretically use the extra time to make sure Giovinco is fully recovered.
Yes, TFC have gotten off to a slow start and the 30-year old is key to getting back on track. On the flip side, they are unbeaten despite not performing to their full abilities, and could arguably be sitting on four points if not for the aforementioned penalty miss against the Earthquakes.
Giovinco originally injured himself, after a challenge for the ball from Union centre back Oguchi Onyewu. Fortunately for the Turin native, he suffered what was essentially just a bruise, rather than something more serious.
Given the question marks surrounding Giovinco’s status, what would be your position for the Vancouver clash? Would you rest him regardless of how he progresses during the week, just to be on the safe side? Or is Saturday’s game too important, even this early in the season? Share your thoughts in the comments section.