Toronto FC resume full training after being sidelined by COVID-19 outbreak

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Toronto FC resume full training after being sidelined by COVID-19 outbreak


Toronto FC have resumed full training after a COVID-19 outbreak that sent players and staff home to self-isolate.

The MLS club has had nine positive cases, according to figures released by the City of Toronto. This prompted the team to close their training center north of Toronto.

His last full training session was on March 3. Players and staff were tested daily as TFC worked with Toronto public health officials.

Some players were allowed to resume their individual training last Monday. A club spokesperson confirmed on Saturday that the team resumed full training on Friday.

But the outbreak has prevented Canadian Olympic coach Mauro Biello from calling up young talent from TFC for the CONCACAF men’s Olympic qualifying championship currently underway in Mexico.

TFC is expected to leave for Florida on Wednesday, where it will play in Orlando due to border restrictions linked to the pandemic.

Toronto is gearing up for a round of 16 game with Mexican club Leon in the CONCACAF Scotiabank Champions League, the region’s flagship club competition. The two-legged series kicks off April 7 in Mexico with the second leg to be played April 14 in the Orlando area.

Toronto kicks off the MLS regular season on April 17 against CF Montreal in Fort Lauderdale.

All three Canadian clubs will operate from the United States until border restrictions are lifted. Montreal plays from Fort Lauderdale, home of Inter Miami, while the Vancouver Whitecaps have chosen Sandy, Utah, with Real Salt Lake.

TFC also confirmed that young forward Ayo Akinola, who had been sidelined by an undisclosed medical issue, has resumed his run. He has a medical consultation scheduled for next week with the team hoping he will be given the green light to resume training.

Akinola missed a January camp with Canada due to medical issues.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakout season in 2020 with nine goals in 15 games.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 20, 2021.

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