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The BMO Training Ground is off limits to most Toronto FC players in the wake of the COVID 19 outbreak, but team captain Michael Bradley has been haunting the place, so to speak. Read MoreToronto FC captain Michael Bradley says injury rehab going well, unwilling to readdress controversies — Toronto Sun
Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley says injury rehab going well, unwilling to readdress controversies
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Published:April 20, 2020
Updated:April 20, 2020 1:33 PM EDT
The BMO Training Ground is off limits to most Toronto FC players in the wake of the COVID 19 outbreak, but team captain Michael Bradley has been haunting the place, so to speak.
As per a directive issued by Major League Soccer, players undergoing rehab for serious injuries are allowed to access their club’s training facility, so Bradley and club physiotherapist Shohei Miyauchi have been working on the veteran midfielder’s training and rehab most days. The good news is, Bradley, who underwent surgery on Jan. 21 in New York City to fix loose cartilage fragments (and to fix an osteochondral defect) in his right ankle joint, is doing well..
“I haven’t missed a beat, so that part’s been great,” Bradley said in a conference call. “And yes, I am running, so we’ll continue to progress in terms of speed and volume and all those things. So that’s positive. (And) I’ve got a little home gym set up in my basement that is pretty good and pretty functional in terms of most things that you need.”
The original prognosis was that Bradley would be out of action until June — meaning that the seventh-year TFC standout would have missed up to 20 regular season MLS games. But with the league suspended indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it turns out that the number of games he will ultimately miss will be far fewer. When MLS resumes play (league officials are working on a number of scenarios based on when city, provincial and state lock downs are relaxed), Bradley will most likely be ready to play — as will newly signed winger Pablo Piatti who, like Bradley, missed the first two games of the season because of injury.
Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley says injury rehab going well, unwilling to readdress controversies — Toronto Sun
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“The Last Dance” documentary got off to a hot start on Sunday night, and it caused social media to absolutely roast ex-Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause. Krause, who served as Chicago’s general manager beginning in 1985 during the Michael Jordan-era, was depicted as the reason behind the Bulls dynasty dismantling. Krause signed then five-time…‘The Last Dance’ Documentary Prompts Twitter To Roast Ex-Bulls GM Jerry Krause — NESN.com