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The TFC star forward is set to miss 2-3 weeks

Toronto FC has been dealt a blow as star forward Jermain Defoe was ruled out for up to three weeks with a groin strain.

The former England international, 31, had already been ruled out of the MLS All-Star game against Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

In a statement on Monday, the Eastern Conference's third-placed team confirmed Defoe would miss "approximately 2-3 weeks."

Defoe's first season in the United States has been a successful one, scoring 11 league goals.

The former Tottenham forward's absence is a blow to TFC. Ryan Nelsen's men have key matches against the Columbus Crew and conference leader Sporting Kansas City in the next two weeks.