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Toronto FC’s Jermain Defoe out Two to Three Weeks with Groin Injury

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There has been injury news from different teams in Major League Soccer this week.  Now Toronto FC has announced striker Jermain Defoe will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a strained groin.

One of the team’s newest acquisitions, Defoe has already been sidelined one game with this injury, and he is set to miss the All-Star game in Portland on Wednesday night.  This latest development in Defoe’s status leaves fans asking the question, “How many more games will this cost Toronto in their run at the postseason?”

Toronto FC (8-7-5, 3rd place) with 29 points will play the Columbus Crew this Saturday in another league match, as well as  three more this month which would all have playoff implications.  Each of these games could potentially be classified as “six point swing games” in the Eastern Conference.  At this point in the season each Eastern Conference team, besides the  Montreal Impact, are still in the playoff hunt, and Toronto will face Sporting Kansas City, the Chicago Fire, and the New England Revolution.

With conference opponents up next for Toronto, it will be important for other members of the team to step up while Defoe is out.  It will also be important for Defoe to take care of himself and do what he needs to do to return to Head Coach Ryan Nelsen’s starting lineup.  Assuming that Toronto midfielders Michael Bradley and Dominic Oduro, along with the rest of the team can win these next few games, Defoe will be needed to help Toronto to get to and through the postseason.

Defoe signed with Toronto in January of this year, and his MLS debut was at the Seattle Sounders on March 15, where he scored his first goal.  From that time until the present, he has also notched 10 more goals and is currently leading the team in goals scored with 11.

Jasmine Stefanik is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @pinkbutterflyy6 , and like Stoppage Time Soccer on Facebook.

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