Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to 10-man Montreal Impact was a tough pill to swallow for the Canadian side, but the injury picked up by Giovinco in that defeat was a much bigger concern.
Giovinco is the league’s best player, with the reigning MLS MVP currently tied for the Golden Boot lead with Bradley Wright-Phillips and David Villa on 16 goals, while also recording the second-most assists this season with 13.
Since joining MLS in 2015, Giovinco has scored 38 goals and picked up 29 assists in 59 regular season matches. He is undoubtedly Toronto’s most important player and his absence will come as a major blow for the current Eastern Conference leaders.
The Italian helped TFC to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history last term, earning the MLS Golden Boot, MLS Newcomer of the Year and MLS MVP awards on the way.
Giovinco is expected to miss the Reds’ next four games, starting with the road trip to Chicago Fire on September 11 before consecutive home games against New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union and Orlando City.
Is there any type of goal Giovinco can’t score? https://t.co/jOIVBemrgy
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 23, 2016
The ‘Atomic Ant’ should be ready to return to action for the home tie against DC United on October 1, which will see him back on the field in the run up to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Toronto FC lead the East by two points with seven matches to play. They are 12 points above the red line and should have a playoff place in the bag. But they would be devastated to lose out on the Eastern Conference title from here, so coping without Giovinco is going to be crucial.