Thursday, May 10, 2007


According to Nigel Reid of the FAN 590 and the CBC (Soccer Show Tonight on FAN 590), Alecko Eskandarian is out for this weekend against Chicago. This is a huge loss for TFC who are already short on depth. Esky has apparently gone down with a calf injury. With Abbe Ibrahim still not allowed to work in Canada (though he was apparently at practice today), Toronto FC have requested Canadian Under 20 striker Andrea Lombardo be made available for Saturday. Lombardo is scheduled to play Argentina on Friday at BMO field.

UPDATE: Abbe Ibrahim has been cleared to begin working in Canada.

Furthermore, Ronnie O'Brien had said earlier today on a television interview on the Score Network with James Sharmen, that he is in contention to play against Chicago, but not yet 100%. He did not sound totally convinced he would be fit enough to play on the weekend in my opinion. He made reference to coming back too early, and possibly missing another 3-4 matches which of course would be devastating for all involved during the interview. Due to the nature of his injury we should hope he is totally fit, because another blow could have devastating consequences.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ibbrahim has been cleared to play in Canada, but he evidently isn't game ready yet.

Lombardo played the full 90 minutes in the U20 friendly against Argentina last night (and had a good game), so I suspect that he won't be starting with TFC today.

My guess is that Buddle and Dichio will start at forward, with Lombardo a later sub.