That timeline could keep the Italian international forward out through mid-April, reportedly re-aggravating his groin injury last week while preparing for TFC’s home opener. Insigne’s initial setback occurred in TFC’s season-opening loss at D.C. United on Feb. 25, exiting during the first half on a non-contact play.
With that timeline, Insigne is poised to miss the following games. Assuming his recovery goes well, an April 15 home match against Atlanta United could mark his return:
- Home: March 18 vs. Inter Miami CF
- Away: March 25 at San Jose Earthquakes
- Home: April 1 vs. Charlotte FC
- Away: April 8 at Nashville SC
Insigne, 31, joined Toronto last summer as a Designated Player after leaving Serie A side Napoli. He contributed six goals and two assists in 11 games (all starts), though he couldn’t spark a late-season surge up the Eastern Conference table and into the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Big expectations surround Insigne in 2023, both because of his résumé and financial status league-wide. Insigne, per MLS Players Association figures, is the highest-paid player in league history at $14 million per year.
While awaiting Insigne’s return, Toronto are expected to lean on Federico Bernardeschi to carry their attack. The Italian international was discussed in preseason as a possible Landon Donovan MLS MVP candidate, posting 10g/3a in 16 MLS matches (all starts) since arriving last summer from Juventus.
Toronto, in their second year under head coach/sporting director Bob Bradley, have a new-look, veteran-heavy roster that's been reconstructed with Insigne and Bernardeschi as DP centerpieces. The Reds are chasing their MLS Cup 2017-winning heydays.