TORONTO - APRIL 15: Stefan Frei #24 of Toronto FC celebrates 2-1 win against Philadelphia Union during action at BMO Field April 15, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Stefan Frei leaves practice field on crutches after apparent non-contact injury.
It looks as if Toronto FC will be without the services of Stefan Frei for the foreseeable future. The goalkeeper left practice today on crutches and wearing an air cast. From the look of it, the injury Frei suffered was of the non-contact variety and appeared to involve him getting his cleat stuck in the grass.
Winter on Frei "He has gone to hospital and we have to wait to see how bad it is. He tried to take step to the side and felt something"— Luke Wileman (@LukeWileman) March 23, 2012
If there's anything close to a silver-lining in this, it's that Frei was at least sharing time with Milos Kocic. Kocic was in goal for TFC's MLS opener and also started one of the CONCACAF Champions League games against the LA Galaxy. The 26-year-old had also started 7 of TFC's final 9 games last season and gone 2-1-4 in those games.
Frei is largely considered to be one of the more talented young goalkeeper in MLS and had spent most of his first three seasons as the unquestioned starter. Although, he has played behind one of the worst defenses during that time, his numbers did not always back up his talent. He was 3-12-11 last season as a starter, allowed 49 goals and saved just 68 percent of the shots he faced.
For more on this developing situation, be sure to check out Toronto FC blog Waking the Red.