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Relief for Toronto as Giovinco’s injury not thought to be serious

Greg Vanney gives positive update on Giovinco's injury after 2-2 draw in Philadelphia

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Sebastian Giovinco’s injury is not thought to be serious, despite initial concerns as he limped off the field in Toronto’s 2-2 draw away to Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening.

Toronto fans would have feared the worst when they saw the Italian star replaced by Tosaint Ricketts in first-half stoppage time, but Greg Vanney revealed after the game that the injury is not as serious as it appeared.

“He’s OK,” the Toronto head coach said after the game. “He’s sore. It was a contusion around the side of the leg. When that gets swollen and tightened up, it’s tough to loosen up and move. We’ll see how he progresses over the next couple of days.”

Giovinco was forced off after a heavy challenge from defender Oguchi Onyewu, just moments before Toronto then earned a penalty which Jozy Altidore dispatched to get them back into the contest.

The Reds then went 2-1 up on 71 minutes thanks to a Justin Morrow goal but were pegged back two minutes later when CJ Sapong rounded Clint Irwin to seal a draw.

Toronto have started the season with back-to-back road draws but will be frustrated after letting their lead slip at Philadelphia, just a week after Giovinco missed a penalty at Real Salt Lake in that opening 0-0 draw.

They travel to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps next weekend but it is unclear whether Giovinco will be back in time to play on the artificial turf at BC Place.

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