Toronto FC Al-Ittihad announced, on Wednesday, that midfielder Jonathan Osorio will miss Canada’s upcoming friendly matches against Qatar and Uruguay.
Osorio was recovering from a head injury he sustained in a collision against the Chicago Fire in July – an injury that caused a “neurological defect,” according to the player.
I don’t know how to say this in scientific ways. The best way I can explain it is that I got hit on the left side, so the right side of my brain compensates for my left. My left (brain) wasn’t working properly,” Osorio explained.
“I was able to play a few games and as soon as the right side couldn’t make up for the left again – and came back after I was tired – then I started to have headaches and other symptoms.
I didn’t know how serious it was. After the Miami game, I tried to come back twice. I tried, and the symptoms came back worse. From the people I’ve talked to, when you have a concussion and it gets worse, it’s not something to play with. And so it was a little frustrating and a little scary for me. But I feel we’re on the right track now.”
Osorio was included in John Herdman’s initial 27-player roster, but joined veteran quarterback Atiba Hutchinson on the sidelines, with the latter recovering from a bone bruise.
It was hoped that Osorio would fit in with this friendly double head, which serves as one of the CanadaLast chance to prepare for the 2022 World Cup world Cupwho fell in Group F along with Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.
Osorio will now be looking to get back in shape ahead of the opening match against Belgium on November 23.