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Sebastian Giovinco ruled out for Toronto's match against Vancouver

Toronto's comeback draw against the Union was marred due to an injury to talisman Giovinco, who limped off at half-time.

Sebastian Giovinco is unavailable for Toronto FC's upcoming match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday after sustaining a leg contusion in last weekend's match against the Philadelphia Union.

Giovinco went down after a hard challenge from Union defender Oguchi Onyewu in the 44th minute of his team's 2-2 draw, with Toronto coach Greg Vanney saying the 2015 Major League Soccer MVP was "sore" after the match.

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The Toronto Sun reports that Giovinco has returned to Italy -- a trip that had been planned for the upcoming international break before he sustained the injury -- for an appointment with his personal physician.

Following the Union match, Vanney said: "It's the outside of the quadriceps. It's a charley horse, a contusion. But it's on the IT band which runs down the outside of the leg. When that tightens up it's really difficult to move with any sort of freedom."

Toronto travels to the western coast of Canada to face Vancouver, having drawn its first two matches of the season after advancing to the MLS Cup final in 2016 where the team was defeated by the Seattle Sounders.

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