Barrett in for Toronto FC

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

It was another good news, bad news day for Toronto FC coach John Carver yesterday as he prepared to welcome forward Chad Barrett to his first practice today at BMO Field.

The good news is that Barrett finally is in the fold after being traded from Chicago -- but the bad news is that Danny Dichio has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a concussion suffered earlier this season.

"I was hoping that Danny might be ready this weekend," Carver said. "He started back with some light training this week but he's had a setback."

Carver has been so short of scoring forwards that he has started 16-year-old Abdus Ibriham the past two Major League Soccer matches, something he hopes he won't have to do at home Sunday against FC Dallas.

"I will start Barrett at forward," he said. "Ibbi has been put into a tough situation that I want to get him away from. He's got such a great potential. We can bring him in late if we have to provide a spark like he did against Chicago."

Dichio, meanwhile, had been the club's leading scorer prior to his injury in a 1-0 loss to Vancouver at BMO Field on Canada Day. Since then, TFC has gone seven games without a win.

"You look at all the really good sides in the MLS and you will find they all have one thing in common -- two solid strikers," Carver said.

The TFC field boss is hoping he can get another goal scorer to team up with Barrett in the next two days.

"We are close to a deal with someone," Carver said. "But whether that will be done by Sunday is another matter."

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Rumours abound that Blackpool striker Paul Dickov is on the verge of coming to Toronto after he visited the team last month.

The Blackpool Citizen reported yesterday that Dickov already had made up his mind to move to North America.

"The long wait for Paul Dickov looks like it will be fruitless (for Blackpool), as he is expected to opt for Major League Soccer with Toronto," the paper reported.

On another front, TFC waived Olivier Tebily after the defender ask to be released for "personal reasons."

"Olivier has decided that he wanted to be closer to his family in France," TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston said in a statement.

The native of the Ivory Coast started in only three games this season before he injured an ankle in early July.


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