Defoe, among others, ready to go for Toronto FC

TFC striker Jermain Defoe says he is 100% and might be even stronger than before his injury. (JACK...

TFC striker Jermain Defoe says he is 100% and might be even stronger than before his injury. (JACK BOLAND/QMI AGENCY)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

The Kia Training Ground looked like a scene from Men in Black on Tuesday morning.

Four dark-coloured vehicles, all with tented windows, sat idle outside the main entrance of Toronto FC’s Downsview practice facility.

Like those of us in the media, one of the two black SUVs was awaiting Jermain Defoe’s exit — his driver, if you will.

More than an hour after training, they, like we, were still waiting to hear from the Englishman for the first time in weeks. The 31-year-old has been more or less silent since hobbling off in Salt Lake City with a hamstring strain, promising he’d talk when he regains match fitness.

And, after close to a month, that time arrived Tuesday.

“It feels fine now,” Defoe said of his hamstring. “I feel 100%. I’ve worked really hard. Maybe I’ll come back stronger than I was before, which is important for the team.


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