Toronto FC goalkeeper will be on the shelf for an extended period of time following successful ankle surgery.
After already losing captain Torsten Frings to injury, the MLS side has finally learned the true extent of vice-captain Stefan Frei's absence from the team.
Originally projected to last several weeks, Frei's injury - he suffered a broken fibula during a practice session late last month - will actually keep him on the shelf for four to six months.
TFC announced early Wednesday morning that the 25-year-old had undergone successful surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left ankle.
Since Frei's injury, the team has relied on Milos Kocic to handle the goalkeeping duties. MLS pool 'keeper Brian Rowe was summoned as an emergency backup to Kocic, but Rowe's presence with the team may only be temporary.
Toronto's next match takes place Wednesday night in Torreon, Mexico, where the Canadian side will face Club Santos Laguna in a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.