TFC hopes to be dynamite against Houston

Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe (left) shoots the ball against Dynamo's Jermaine Taylor. The teams...

Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe (left) shoots the ball against Dynamo's Jermaine Taylor. The teams are back at it tonight. (USA TODAY)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

Good health proved fleeting for Toronto FC.

Finally boasting a full squad as of a week ago, the club has since seen its infirmary fill up.

As a result, TFC’s push toward a first playoff berth has become more challenging.

The team’s much-improved defensive unit has taken the biggest hit, with usual starters Michael Bloom and captain Stephen Caldwell both slated to miss at least a month.

Caldwell, has brought poise and stability beside either rookie Nick Hagglund or Doneil Henry, but now, those youngsters likely will have to learn on the fly together, with the 33-year-old Scotsman sidelined due to a torn quad.

Bloom had been a pleasant surprise for the Reds this season at right back, quietly and effectively going about his work. He will miss 4-6 weeks due to an MCL strain.


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