By CAITLIN MURRAY
Toronto FC is making the most of a bye week, with midfielder Michael Bradley taking the opportunity to address a bothersome nerve issue in his foot. The minor procedure had been previously scheduled for the break.
“It just means he’s just got to get off it for a week,” manager Ryan Nelsen said of Bradley resting his foot after the procedure, according to the Toronto Star. “This was always planned, to do it at this time when we have a couple of weeks off.”
The injury is something that Bradley has had “for a long time” but hasn’t prevented Bradley from playing, Nelsen said without specifying the injury.
“You can play on it, but it’s annoying,” Nelsen added. “He’s had a procedure to take care of that — it was always going to be done over these two weeks.”
The timeline should allow Bradley to be back for Toronto FC’s May 3 home match against the New England Revolution. Bradley did not train with the team on Thursday.
Bradley has been dealing with some minor issues that have affected his playing time in recent weeks, including two weeks ago when he missed a loss to Colorado. He went the full 90 in a loss to Dallas last weekend, but appeared to struggle a bit.
Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe looks to be improving after missing the last three TFC matches and is expected to be back for the May 3 match.
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