Toronto FC’s players returned to BMO Field on Wednesday as coach Preki assessed the fitness of his squad following Tuesday’s stunning CONCACAF Champions League win over Mexico’s Cruz Azul.
[inline_node:3667]There are no new injury concerns for Preki, although he is still dealing with a number of absences as he begins to prepare the team for Saturday’s league match against the New York Red Bulls.
Defender Nick Garcia missed the match against Cruz Azul with a knee injury picked up in training ahead of the game and is rated as doubtful for the weekend.
Preki is waiting to see if Chad Barrett will be available to face the Red Bulls on Saturday. The forward left the defeat at New York last week with a tweaked hamstring and is yet to return to full training. He did some light running ahead of last night’s match and will be assessed over the next couple of days. Maicon Santos is expected to miss out again with the knee injury sustained in the win over Chivas USA on August 7.
Preki left goalkeeper Stefan Frei out of the squad for the Champions League match to give the Swiss ‘keeper a rest. “I just decided to give Stefan Frei a break from action last night,” said Preki. “He has played in every single league game so far this season and it is good for him to get rest both physically and mentally. Jon Conway was pretty solid. He had a couple of shots to save and he was pretty good. There was nothing he could do about the goal we gave up.”
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