Mariner: Henry To Have MRI
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.
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.”