TORONTO – Midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who has missed Toronto FC’s last four games, revealed Thursday that he has been dealing with what he called a “nervous weakness” that has lasted about two months.
Osorio, 30, a key player for both Toronto and the Canadiens, says the problems began when he was head-butted by Chicago Fire star Xherdan Shaqiri during a July 13 game. The blow to the left side of his head caused his jaw to not set properly and caused neurological issues.
He said: “At first it looked like it was a cold.
The result was that he felt better for a few days, only to train and then feel weak. To make matters worse, diagnosing the issue took some time.
“I don’t know how to say it scientifically,” he said. He said: “The best way I can explain it is that I got hit on the left side and now the right side of my brain was compensating for my left side. My left (brain) wasn’t working properly.
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 at that point.
“I thought, OK, maybe it’s just a headache. I’ve had it before.”
He traveled to Montreal three days later, suffering only from what the club called concussion-like symptoms.
“It started as a push in my head and I was able to make a few plays,” he said.
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.
“That’s when I realized it might still be an elbow injury,” he said.
However, this was rejected after several medical consultations. Osorio then started doing exercises designed to reset the brain.
“It slowly comes back and helps the symptoms go away,” Osorio said.
“Finally I think we found it,” he added. “I feel much better now. I can train.”
He now uses a mouth guard to help realign the jaw.
“I’ve never seen a bruise like this,” he said. Therefore, I do not know how to go about it. I had no idea how serious it was. After Miami, I tried to come back twice. You guys saw me on the field. i tried And the symptoms came back. Worse than that.
Osorio has had medical problems in the past. In 2017, he had an irregular heart attack and suffered from anemia in 2019.
This time, he said the injury affected his mental health, with concerns that it might cause him to suffer.
“It was just tough. It was tough to really figure out what it was. We couldn’t figure it out,” he said. As soon as we pick it up, I start feeling horrible again. It was tough.”
The setback comes at a key time for the veteran midfielder, with Canada playing friendlies against Qatar and Uruguay in Europe later this month ahead of the World Cup in November.
“They are aware and working with me,” he said of the national team.
Osorio says his progress is day by day but is hopeful he will see some action on Saturday in Orlando.
“I think I’m there – knock on wood, let’s see how I react tonight and tomorrow. And we’ll see,” he said on the table in front of him. said knocking.
He also hopes that he will be able to participate in the next Canadian camp in Europe.
Osorio missed Canada’s ill-fated camp in Vancouver in June, which was marred by a salary dispute after he was injured in the previous game against Chicago. At the time, 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. He says that he is very focused on finishing the campaign. “And then later, we’ll see what’s out there.”
The call is about 13th-place Toronto (9-15-7), which heads into Saturday’s game six spots and seven points below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference. With just nine points from TFC’s three remaining games, playoff elimination looks imminent.
Toronto is winless in their last three games (0-2-1) and has conceded four goals in their last two games. TFC had lost just one of seven games before that (4-1-2), a run that coincided with the arrivals of Italians Lorenzo Insini and Federico Bernardeschi.
All three Italians and Osorio were in training for the media on Thursday. Defender Chris Mawenga, recalled from the weekend loss in Atlanta, did his own thing.
“All good to go,” Bradley said when asked about the Italians’ presence.
Bradley said Mawenga (lower body injury) is progressing but is still not participating in full practice.
Defender Donnel Henry, who marked his 100th appearance with TFC in all competitions at the weekend in Atlanta, left training earlier with some stiffness in his lower leg.
Ensengen was also absent in Atlanta, dealing with an undisclosed “personal family situation.” But he returned to training on Wednesday.
Fifth-place Orlando (12-12-6) is one point above the playoff line in the East with four games remaining.