Toronto FC's star midfielder will miss at least a month after fracturing his big toe on his right foot, the club revealed on Wednesday.By the standards of Toronto FC's largely forgettable history, the last few weeks have been cause for optimism, as the team has held a respectable 2-2-1 record over its last five games.
But on Wednesday, the club received another blow to what has been yet another futile campaign, with word that Designated Player Matias Laba had fractured his big toe on his right foot.
The news first broke with the player himself tweeting a picture of his leg in what looked to be a walking boot, with the words “fractured the big toe, out for a month.”
The club followed the player's comments up with a release stating the injury occurred during the team's 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew over the weekend, suggesting the timeline for the midfielder's return is around 4-to-6 weeks.
Before this injury, Laba had started all 16 matches he had been eligible for since signing from Argentinos Juniors on April 26.
In terms of the playoff picture, the 21-year-old's injury should not have all that much of an impact, as Toronto is well out of the Eastern Conference picture, 16 points back of the fifth and final postseason berth with 10 matches remaining on the club's schedule.