Toronto FC ace injures hamstring

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Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe could be facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in his new side's match against Real Salt Lake.

Ryan Nelsen's side suffered their first defeat of the season as they conceded three goals without reply against Real Salt Lake.

And Nelsen received even more misery during the game as his star striker was forced off after 60 minutes.

It was thought that Defoe has damaged the same hamstring that saw him miss the final few games of his Tottenham career.

Former Premier League defender Nelsen, speaking after the game, confirmed Defoe had sustained a hamstring strain - but was unable to provide details on the extent of the injury.

Speaking to MLS Soccer, Nelsen said on the 31-year-old: “He was feeling the hamstring before the game and it tightened up.

“Hopefully it’s not too bad. He was feeling tight from the start and you could just see it in his movement, he was guarding it.

"I think it was best to just get him off and make sure he’s all right.

“I haven’t really sat down and spoken to him, but I don’t think it’s the same [injury]. But we’ll see, we’ll monitor him and hopefully he’ll be all right soon.”

Defoe will be hoping he can rediscover his fitness within the next few weeks in order to prove his worth to England boss Roy Hodgson and fans of Toronto FC.

The forward had started life in the MLS in fine form - having scored three goals in three games for the Canadian outfit.

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