Koef Suffers Minor Setback

Photo: Danny Koevermans (left) and Richard Eckersley.

The long-awaited return of forward Danny Koevermans may have to wait a little longer.

Out since last July following an ACL tear, Koevermans recently played 45-minutes in a Toronto FC Reserve League match to prepare for a first team return. This week head coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed to The Canadian Press that Koevermans “twinged his other knee,” though it’s a “minor” injury. However, the Dutch striker with a phenomenal strike rate (17 goals in 26 MLS matches) may be doubtful for this Saturday against Philadelphia (tickets).

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Toronto took a more serious hit on the health of fullback Richard Eckersley. The Englishman injured his hamstring on April 6. Nelsen has revealed to the media that Eckersley has re-aggravated the injury and will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time.

Five TFC players were on international duty this week. Team captain Darren O’Dea was an unused substitute in Ireland’s 1-1 draw with England at Wembley, while Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Kyle Bekker and Jonathan Osorio all featured for Canada in its 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. All international players are expected back in time for Saturday’s match.

Toronto FC TV will be at the Kia Training Ground on Friday with pregame interviews and injury updates. Team news will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Toronto hosts Philadelphia at 6 p.m. ET at BMO Field (on TSN 2).