Toronto FC star Lorenzo Insigne misses training due to ‘personal family situation’ – Toronto

Italian star Lorenzo Insigne missed training for Toronto FC on Thursday due to what the club called “a personal family situation”.

Fellow Italian Domenico Criscito was also out to support Insigne and his family, the club said in a brief statement. TFC did not elaborate on the matter and declined to comment further.

Toronto have lost just two of nine games (4-2-3) since Insigne and Italian national teammate Federico Bernardeschi made their MLS debuts on July 23.

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Bernardeschi (seven goals and three assists), Insigne (six goals and two assists) and Criscito (one goal) have been involved in 17 of Toronto’s last 20 goals in MLS, including 11 of the last 12 goals.

Toronto (9-14-7) plays Atlanta United (8-12-9) on Saturday with both teams on the wrong side of the playoff line in the Eastern Conference with time and games short.

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Bernardeschi was also not involved in the part of the practice which opened to the media on Thursday. Coach Bob Bradley said the former Juventus winger was “working inside”, without giving further details.

In early August, a medical issue involving Insigne’s family prompted the TFC to delay his flight after a game in Nashville. Bradley said at the time the 31-year-old Italian was made aware of a “family health situation” after the team boarded their charter following TFC’s 4-3 win.

The flight was delayed so Insigne could get more information.

The former Napoli captain then withdrew from the MLS All-Star Skills Contest in Minneapolis. Insigne, who is married with two sons, returned to training later that week.

Midfielder Jonathan Osorio was also absent on Thursday. The Canada international has missed the last three games with an unspecified non-COVID illness.

“He’s not feeling well,” Bradley said after Saturday’s loss to Montreal.

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“Everyone is trying to figure out how to help him so that now, day by day, he feels better,” he added. “He’ll have a day or two (where) he’ll feel better, practice a bit and then all of a sudden he won’t feel so good.”

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Bradley did not elaborate on the details of the issue. When asked if the team’s medical staff had diagnosed the problem, the coach replied: “Everyone is trying to figure out why he’s not feeling well.”

“We fully support him,” he added. “He had a stretch where he was just a little up and down and didn’t feel.”

Asked again Thursday about Osorio’s situation, Bradley replied, “No change from what we told you recently.”

Regarding the return of missing players in time for Saturday’s game, Bradley said that “some will be available. Does everything? I am not sure.”

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