Canada will be without veteran midfielder Jonathan Osorio for the upcoming friendlies in Europe.
While on the phone from Canada coach John Herdman, a Toronto FC spokesperson said Osorio remained in Toronto “to continue his recovery process.”
Osorio is dealing with what he called a “nervous concussion” caused by a bump to the head in an MLS game against Chicago in July.
No. 43 Canada plays No. 48 Qatar in Vienna on Friday and No. 11 Uruguay next Tuesday in Bratislava, Slovakia. Herdman is also without captain Atiba Hutchinson, who is dealing with a pre-season hamstring injury with Turkish side Besiktas.
Midfielder David Wotherspoon is also missing through injury. Defender Donnell Henry, currently sidelined with a hamstring issue, is in camp with Canada but in a non-playing role.
Club Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan, recovering from injury, has been invited to Canada’s camp but will see only limited action, according to Herdman.
“It seems like there’s a lot going on,” Herdman said before camp.
The 30-year-old Osorio, a key piece for both Toronto and Canada, returned to action last Saturday when he came off the bench to play 18 minutes in TFC’s 4-0 loss in Orlando. He has not played since August 20.
He says the problems started when he was hit in the head by Chicago Fire star Xiandan Shaqiri in a game on July 13. The blow to the left side of his head caused his jaw to not set properly and caused neurological issues.
“At first it looked like a wreck. It gave me the signs of a wreck,” he said last Thursday.
The result was that he felt better for a few days, only to feel worse after training. Complicated issues, took some time to diagnose the issue.
Osorio was cleared at halftime of the Chicago game and finished the game, saying he felt no symptoms other than the effects of the hit himself. He traveled to Montreal three days later, only to sit out because of what the club called concussion-like symptoms.
Osorio started TFC’s next seven games, scoring four goals. But in the heat of an Aug. 20 game at Inter Miami, his third game in a week, he said his symptoms worsened, including a headache that affected his vision.
However, this was rejected after several medical consultations. Osorio then started doing exercises designed to reset the brain.
He also now uses a mouth guard to help straighten his jaw.
Osorio missed Canada’s ill-fated camp in Vancouver in June, which was marred by a salary dispute after being injured in the previous game against Chicago. At the time, Toronto coach Bob Bradley described it as “lower body pain.
Osorio, who is making $1.026 million this year, is out of contract after this season.