A medical issue involving the family of Italian star Lorenzo Insigne has prompted Toronto FC to postpone their flight from Nashville over the weekend.
Toronto coach Bob Bradley said Insgene was “informed of the family’s health situation” after the team’s 4-3 win over Nashville SC on Saturday.
“We actually delayed our flight for 45 minutes to make sure he was comfortable with things in the moment,” Bradley said. “We got home and everything has been taken care of since then, but it is very important that he is with his family at this time.
“I think everything will be fine. But you could tell he was upset and emotional. And everyone was rooting for him.”
Insigne, 31, married with two sons, withdrew from the MLS All-Star Skills Competition due to his family situation.
The former Napoli captain, who opened his MLS scoring account with a highlight reel goal in Nashville, was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis on Tuesday for the all-star skills competition. The All-Star Game begins on Wednesday, pitting the MLS stars against the Liga MX All-Star team from Mexico.
Insigne was replaced by FC Cincinnati’s Brandon Vasquez in the All-Star Skills Challenge, which pitted 10 MLS players against 10 LIGA MX players in five events.
Insigne took part in Toronto training on Tuesday and looked easy on the outside with a smile on his face.
Full-back Richie Laria, back with the club on loan from Nottingham Forest, was absent, returning to England to complete his move. He is expected to be back in time for Saturday’s home game against the Portland Timbers.
Midfielders Marc-Anthony Kaye and Noble Okello, both returning from injury, are working on themselves while the rest of the squad train.