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By DAN KARELL
Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen will have to be careful when Jermain Defoe arrives at the club.
Ahead of what would have been his final game in a Tottenham uniform, Defoe was ruled out of Tottenham’s Europa League second-leg match against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on Thursday with a hamstring injury. It’s unknown how serious the injury is, though it was enough to keep the TFC signing out of action.
Defoe will be honored at half time of Tottenham’s Europa League game.
“Jimmy Greaves was the best, but you would say Jermain has also been one of the best goalscorers this club has ever seen,” Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood said at a press conference. “Let’s hope we can find another one like Jermain Defoe.
“He has been all about goals. Whenever he put on the shirt he always played with all his heart and spirit for the club. Everyone appreciates his efforts. He is a legend at the club.”
The 31-year-old Defoe was announced as TFC’s second Designated Player signing of the offseason at a press conference on Jan. 13, where he was introduced along with fellow new Designated Player signing Michael Bradley. Including transfer fees and salaries, both deals will reportedly cost Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment $100 million.
Defoe will officially become a TFC player on March 1. A source close to the situation told SBI that Defoe’s arrival in Toronto depends on whether he is called into England’s squad for their friendly match on March 5 against Denmark. If he isn’t selected, Defoe could arrive as soon as this weekend. If not, he’ll likely arrive in Toronto on March 7 or 8.
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