Jonathan Osorio says he is slowly recovering from post-concussion syndrome

Jonathan Osorio says he is slowly recovering from post-concussion syndrome

TORONTO – Veteran midfielder Jonathan Osorio was finally able to explain what has kept him sidelined for all but 18 minutes of Toronto FC’s final seven games of the season.

“The diagnosis is post-concussion syndrome,” he said.

Osorio previously cited a “nervous contusion” in the July 13 loss at Chicago from the knee to the head. Reporters had asked the club for a more detailed medical report, but it was not forthcoming.

On Wednesday, in an appearance at the team’s end of the season, Osorio clarified his comments by saying that post-concussion syndrome causes neurological disorders.

Osorio was checked out midway through the Chicago game and allowed to continue. And he traveled with the team to Montreal for next week’s midweek match but did not dress after not being cleared to play because of what the club called concussion-like symptoms.

Fixing the exact problem takes time, with Osorio feeling better some days and worse on others. He started six more games in all competitions before the problem sidelined him again after the 20th road game against Inter Miami on August 20 – his third start in a week.

Symptoms worsened, including headaches that affected his vision.

“That’s when I realized it might still be an elbow injury,” he said last month.

He added, speaking to the media on September 15, but it was rejected after several medical consultations.

He missed the next four games after leaving Miami, saw 18 minutes of action against Orlando on September 17 and has not played since.

“I’ve seen good progress in the last couple of weeks, especially last week,” he said on Wednesday. “I feel a lot of myself … it was a big learning curve for me, learning more about these types of injuries and being patient. But I feel like I’m in a really good place now.”

“I’m doing things on the field now,” he added. “We’ve made a lot of progress. This week we have increased the intensity.”

There is no good time to be injured. But the stakes are raised as you head into the World Cup and into the final year of your club contract. Especially when you consider Osorio’s form when healthy this year – with nine goals and six assists in 23 games.

It marked his second-best season output in 2018 after posting 10 goals and seven assists in 30 games.

“There’s no way to say that’s the time frame you’re going to get better,” Osorio said. Osorio said he also had a “normal” concert in 2015. “

While Osorio has won 55 caps for Canada, injuries have meant he has not represented his country since the March 30 game in Panama.

He believes that Qatar will be ready. “I feel really optimistic and positive about it,” he said.

Regarding his club future, Osorio says that while contract talks with TFC are ongoing, he does not plan to make a final decision on his future after the World Cup.

“Everything is a choice at this point. If a good opportunity comes up abroad, if it’s the best choice, I’ll take it. For me it’s about the best choice. It’s about going to Europe. Not because I dreamed of it. Now I think I’m at a stage in my career where it has to be the right move.

Osorio, who turned 30 in June, just finished his 10th season with TFC. He leads the club in appearances in all competitions with 318 and is third in franchise scoring with 58 goals.

He earned $1,026,350 this season, according to the MLS Players Association.

Toronto coach Bob Bradley and team president Bill Manning both praised Osorio, noting his contributions to the club. Manning called Osorio a “legacy player.”

“We’re going to do our best to offer him an option to continue his career here and potentially finish his career here,” Manning said. “But as for Uso, it’s all right for him to consider his options.”

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