Mariner: Henry To Have MRI

Euphoria turned to anguish for homegrown defender as he left Saturday with a knee injury.

TORONTO – It has been an eventful week for Toronto FC defender Doneil Henry.

The 19-year old homegrown prodigy made his first senior team appearance for Canada on Wednesday, playing 45-minutes in a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago at a neutral site friendly.

Henry has made his national team ambitions quite clear. Earlier in the year when he was about to join the Canada U-23 team for a chance to fly the national team flag at the London Olympics, Henry affirmed that representing Canada is important to him and his family.

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Clearing another hurdle at the national level was a proud achievement for the local player but euphoria turned to anguish on Saturday, when a knee injury forced Henry out of club competition with a 36th minute substitution against Kansas City.

Toronto went on to lose the match 1-0 but it’s the potential loss of Henry that will be more worrying.

“It’s been a problem for a little while now,” Henry said of his injury in the Toronto dressing room after the match, a sentiment echoed by head coach Paul Mariner.

“He’s not doing so good,” Mariner confirmed. “He wasn’t himself (Saturday) … didn’t have the zip in him. I thought it was the Canadian trip at midweek, but it’s a bit more serious.”

Henry’s determination to secure a regular starting job at TFC and subsequently remain on the national team radar had him working with a slight ailment for a little while, though it’s unknown exactly how long the problem has persisted. Henry isn’t the type to complain or miss a minute of training if he can help it.

“It sort of goes with youth I suppose, he wants to play and he wants to train,” Mariner said before assuring Henry will go for an MRI. “Hopefully we’ve caught (the problem) early.”