TFC expects DeRo back for training

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

TORONTO - Dwayne De Rosario can come home again.

Toronto FC’s star midfielder caused a major storm in the team’s front offices last month when it was learned he was practising with the famed Scottish Premier League’s Glasgow Celtic.

On Thursday, Tom Anselmi — TFC’s boss of bosses — made it clear that any confusion concerning De Rosario’s contractual obligations to Toronto and Major League Soccer were the result of miscommunication.

“There is no issue out there (about De Rosario’s deal),” Anselmi said. “There was a bit of confusion that’s all. Dwayne is over (in Scotland) training right now. He is going to be back by the end of January ready to train with us.

“What had happened, there was some confusion when he went over there in December. There was some miscommunication in the media. There was an issue over insurance and once we had that cleared up there was no problem (with him training with Celtic).”

Newly minted TFC head coach and technical director Aron Winter said as far as was knew, he will see the team’s captain when training starts later this month. And he fully expects him to be on the pitch when pre-season action gets going early in March.

“Dwayne went over to Celtic for a test, but I am expecting him to be back (in time for pre-season training) at the end of January,” Winter said at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday where he was introduced to the media. “And I expect Dwayne to be with the team when the pre-season starts in March.”

While De Rosario was certainly the club’s most prolific scorer — with 13 goals in 2010— he didn’t make a lot of friends when he very publicly demanded a raise in his $9,000 a week salary during a match last season.

Add that to his being quoted in a Scottish newspaper comparing his hometown of Scarborough to dangerous South Central Los Angeles has some TFC supporter groups demanding that he be traded.

With TFC looking to be more of an attacking team in 2011, De Rosario would certainly attract a lot of attention in the trade market — even at 32 years old.

It would also clear up tons of salary cap space to bring in one, or even two, proven attackers to the team.


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