Lorenzo Insigne Set to Return for Toronto FC After 8-Game Absence

Toronto FC's Lorenzo Insigne will return from an eight-game hamstring injury absence on Saturday, boosting the team's chances of continuing their five-game winning streak. Insigne's return comes as Toronto FC aims to maintain their third-place position in the MLS Eastern Conference.

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Lorenzo Insigne Set to Return for Toronto FC After 8-Game Absence

Lorenzo Insigne Set to Return for Toronto FC After 8-Game Absence

Toronto FC coach John Herdman has announced that ItalianstarLorenzo Insigne will return to the team on Saturday after missing eight games due to a hamstring injury. Insigne'sreturnis a significant boost for Toronto FC, who are currently third in the MLS Eastern Conference and aiming to continue their five-game winning streak in all competitions.

Insigne suffered the hamstring injury on March 23rd during amatchagainst Atlanta United. In his absence, Toronto FC has secured five consecutive victories, outscoring their opponents 14-2. Despite the team's strong performance, Herdman expressed excitement about Insigne's return, saying,"We've missed him... We're excited to see what he does whatever time he gets (Saturday)."

It remains undecided whether Insigne will start the match or come off the bench. Toronto FC has 22 matches remaining in the regular season and is on pace for a 58-point season, a significant improvement from last season's 4-20-10 record. The team currently stands two points behind second-place FC Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference.

In Insigne's absence, German forward Prince Owusu has claimed the starting forward position with five goals in his last five appearances, while Italian Federico Bernardeschi has broken out of his slump with three goals in the last two games. Herdman praised the team's current form, saying, "It's an exciting group, it really is... If everyone stays on track, we can take it up another level."

Toronto FC will face New York City FC on Saturday at BMO Field, with a victory potentially matching last season's points total. NYCFC currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and is winless on the road in league play this season. Defender Sigurd Rosted credits coach Herdman with changing the team's dynamic and bringing clarity to the players' roles, contributing to their recent success.