We provide an update on Toronto FC’s new signing Lorenzo Insigne, who sustained an injury last weekend while playing for Napoli.
While Lorenzo Insigne signing for Toronto FC was a shock for many, it certainly helped that he will be the highest-paid player in MLS history. It’s just a shame for TFC fans that they will have to wait until July to see him playing for their beloved team.
In this respect, it will be a nerve-wracking wait for the Reds, hoping that Insigne arrives in Southern Ontario in full health. The news of him being substituted during the first half of Napoli’s Serie A game with Sampdoria last weekend wouldn’t have helped.
At the time it was unclear as to what had happened to the Italian international, but he appeared to be suffering with a groin injury. Understandably, there was concern about the severity of the injury.
Napoli has since release a statement providing an update, which seems to be good news all things considered. As per Lorenzo Bettoni of Football Italia, Napoli’s statement read:
"“Insigne underwent tests following the knock he picked up against Sampdoria and was found to have sustained a minor muscle injury which he has already started treatment for.”"
While Insigne should return to action sooner than later, this is just the latest incident in what has been a frustrating season for him. He has already missed playing time with a calf issue, as well as testing positive for COVID-19.
However, while some may raise questions about the 30-year-old’s durability, his playing career does not indicate someone who is injury-prone. He has appeared in 41+ games for Napoli in eight of his previous nine seasons, while also playing regularly for Italy.
In terms of Insigne’s effectiveness, he has been as productive as ever for Napoli this season when fit. He has so far played 20 games, scoring five goals and adding six assists in the process.
Toronto FC has been linked with a number of potential targets of late, including the likes of Andrea Belotti, Domenico Criscito and Milan Borjan. Which — if any — do you predict TFC will sign to join Insigne in Southern Ontario? Let us know in the comments section below.