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Toronto FC confirms Jozy Altidore battling quad injury, hopeful he’ll be ready for playoffs

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 6 days ago Laura Armstrong - Staff Reporter
a group of baseball players playing a football game: TFC star Jozy Altidore suffered a quad injury on Sunday against the Columbus Crew after going down awkwardly when defender Jonathan Mensah slid to block a shot by the 29-year-old forward just outside the six-yard box. © Cole Burston TFC star Jozy Altidore suffered a quad injury on Sunday against the Columbus Crew after going down awkwardly when defender Jonathan Mensah slid to block a shot by the 29-year-old forward just outside the six-yard box.

Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore suffered a quadriceps injury over the weekend, the club confirmed Wednesday.

Altidore left the Reds’ regular-season finale against the Columbus Crew on Sunday in the 70th minute after going down awkwardly when defender Jonathan Mensah slid to block a shot by the 29-year-old forward just outside the six-yard box. He walked off the field on his own but had a slight limp as he entered the tunnel.

Toronto went on to win the game 1-0, a victory that helped earn the team home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Coach Greg Vanney told reporters post-game that Altidore’s quad was “sore” and he would undergo an MRI to assess the severity of the issue and the timeline for his return. The organization confirmed the injury three days later, but the club could only say that it was doing everything possible to get Altidore back on the field as soon as possible.

The confirmation comes a day after Altidore was forced to withdraw from the United States men’s national team roster on Tuesday ahead of upcoming CONCACAF Nations Leagues games against Cuba and Canada. He will receive treatment and therapy in Toronto as the Reds prepare for their first-round playoff match against DC United on Oct. 19 at BMO Field.

Both Altidore and Vanney told TSN’s Kristian Jack they were optimistic the forward would be available to play in that match.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be ready for another special night at BMO Field,” Altidore told the broadcaster.

Altidore has 11 goals in 23 appearances for Toronto this season. He missed two games in August and September because of a “very mild quad strain.” He also dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season that kept him out for five starts.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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