Insigne pulled out of the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge due to a family medical condition

Toronto FC star Lorenzo Ingen to miss training due to ‘personal family situation’

Italian star Lorenzo Ingen missed Toronto FC practice on Thursday due to what the club called a “personal family situation.”

Fellow Italian Domenico Cristo was also absent to support Insigne and his family, the club said in a brief statement. TFC did not elaborate on the matter and declined further comment.

Toronto has lost just two of nine games (4-2-3) since Insignia and Italy teammate Federico Bernardeschi made their MLS debuts on July 23.

Bernardeschi (seven goals and three assists), Insigne (six goals and two assists) and Criscito (one goal) have accounted for 17 of Toronto’s last 20 goals in MLS action, including 12 of the last 12 goals.

Toronto (9-14-7) plays at Atlanta United (8-12-9) on Saturday with both teams on the wrong side of the playoff line in the Eastern Conference with time and games to go.

Bernardeschi was also not involved in opening training to the media on Thursday. Coach Bob Bradley said the former Juventus winger was “working internally,” without elaborating.

In early August, a medical issue involving the Insigne family prompted TFC to postpone their flight after a game in Nashville. Bradley said the 31-year-old Italian was informed of a “family health situation” at the time the team went into its charter following TFC’s 4-3 win.

The flight was delayed so Insignia could get more information.

The former Napoli captain later withdrew from the MLS All-Star Skills Competition in Minneapolis. Insigne, who is married with two sons, returned to training after a week.

Midfielder Jonathan Osorio was also absent on Thursday. The Canadian international has missed the last three games with an undisclosed non-COVID illness.

“He’s not feeling right,” Bradley said after Saturday’s loss to Montreal.

“Everybody is trying to figure out how to help him feel better day by day,” he added. “He’ll have a day or two (where) he’ll feel good, train a bit and then all of a sudden he won’t feel good.”

Bradley did not elaborate on the issue. Asked if the team’s medical staff had diagnosed the problem, the coach replied: “Everyone is trying to understand why they don’t feel right.”

“We fully support him,” he added. “He’s had a long stretch where he’s just been up and down a bit and not feeling himself.”

Asked again Thursday about Osorio’s status, Bradley replied: “Nothing has changed from what we told you recently.”

Regarding the return of missing players for Saturday’s game, Bradley said “some will be there, all? I’m not sure.”

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