With Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley sidelined for at least four months with an ankle injury, Jozy Altidore made a point to share his concerns.
After dropping a bombshell about the health of captain Michael Bradley on Monday, Toronto FC has another issue to contend with after Jozy Altidore spoke out about the news.
Talking to Steve Buffrey of the Toronto Sun, TFC’s star striker was visibly upset about how Bradley was slated to miss the next four months because of an ankle injury he suffered during the MLS Cup Final.
"“In my opinion, it was handled poorly,” said Altidore. “I don’t think it’s good enough. He’s a guy that takes care of himself in an incredible way. Incredible professional, he pushes himself, the group, he holds everybody to a high standard and I think he was let down. For this to happen, I’m extremely gutted for him, I’m extremely disappointed in how it was handled.”"
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While general manager Ali Curtis told reporters that the injury was considered “severe and complicated” you have to wonder why it’s taken this long for it to be addressed. Considering how important Bradley is to the team’s success and that he just took a pay cut to free up a designated player spot shouldn’t be overlooked.
Clearly, Altidore feels the same way and considering how things have gone since winning the MLS Cup in 2017 because this isn’t the first time players have voiced frustrations with management. Once players start losing trust with the way the team is dealing with issues like injuries, it’s not something that can be rectified easily.
One thing we know is that not all the information is being shared in regards to the communication between TFC and Bradley since the injury occurred. Altidore also has some experience dealing with a nagging injury so you wonder if he’s venting with his own frustrations as well.
Buffery mentions that Liam Fraser will likely take Bradley’s spot in the lineup which will be a big step up for the Toronto native considering he played a pivotal role for the Canadian men’s national team during international duty.
You can bet that the next few months will be crucial for TFC considering they still have their designated player spot to fill.
What are your thoughts on the Bradley injury news? Was Altidore right to call out the team for the way it was handled? Let us know in the comments below.