Lorenzo Insigne suffers an injury, while Toronto FC announce a trade, say farewell to a fan favourite and sign a homegrown player.
In some respects, it is still refreshing to see the change in the reputation of Toronto FC, along with the way the organisation is run. This is a club which did not qualify for the playoffs during their first eight seasons in MLS.
Even when TFC made ambitious moves such as signing Jermain Defoe, things still went wrong. However, the arrival of Sebastian Giovinco for the 2015 campaign signaled a crucial moment in turning around the fortunes of the Reds.
Another example of how well the club is run — along with their ambition and determination to compete — is their response to a disastrous 2021 season. In this respect, here is an update on all the latest news surrounding Toronto FC:
Insigne injured again
The signing of Lorenzo Insigne is without doubt an exciting time for TFC and their fans. However, he is already causing some stress despite not even playing for the club yet.
As reported by Apollo Heyes of Football Italia, Insigne suffered an injury during Napoli’s weekend game with Sampdoria. He was forced to leave the action during the first half, with what seemed to be a groin injury.
This is just the latest incident in what has been a frustrating season for the Italian international. As per Heyes, he missed three games during December with a calf injury, while also suffering with COVID-19.
There may well be some understandable nervousness and concern about Insigne’s durability, but there is nothing to indicate he is injury-prone. He has played more than 40 games for Napoli in eight of his previous nine seasons.
In terms of the 30-year-old’s productivity, he has been as effective as ever when fit. He has so far made 20 appearances during the 2021-22 season, scoring five goals and adding six assists in the process.