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Nelsen: Too early to predict Defoe, Bradley returns this week

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TSN.ca Staff
4/15/2014 2:38:16 PM
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Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen could not commit Tuesday to whether or not his team would get a superstar boost this Saturday as they visit FC Dallas.

Off-season additions Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley did not train with the club today, prompting Nelsen to declare it's too early to tell if either will be ready for Saturday.

Defoe has missed the club's last two contests after leaving TFC's 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on Mar. 29 with a hamstring injury.

The Englishman has been dynamic when able to play, scoring three goals in his three games thus far with the club.

Bradley was absent from last Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to the Colorado Rapids with lingering injuries from a busy MLS and international schedule.

The American international has changed the landscape of the club's midfield and was instrumental, scoring the winner in the club's last win: a 2-0 triumph over the Columbus Crew on Apr. 5.

As for the rest of TFC's crowded sick bay, it was a mixture of good and bad news from TFC's coach.

Midfielder Jonathan Osorio is reportedly progressing well and is believed to be "looking favourably" to suit up Saturday after missing last week with a hamstring injury.

Doneil Henry, however, appears to still at least be a week away, as he nurses a knee injury. The centre-back has not started running yet and did not train with the main group on Tuesday.

Dwayne De Rosario will not play on Saturday after sustaining a leg injury last Saturday. The Toronto native started the Colorado game but subbed out in the 78th minute.

Michael Bradley (Photo: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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