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Injuries Plaguing Toronto FC At Crunch Time

Facing one of the biggest games in franchise history, as the club fights for its playoff life against the San Jose earthquakes on Saturday, Toronto FC will be without a number of key players. Midfielder Carl Robinson underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a fractured bone in his face that he sustained during practice. "It's a massive loss," Toronto coach Chris Cummins said of Robinson, who was expected to start Saturday's must-win game after coming back from an ankle injury. Instead, the team's two-time MVP is out for the rest of the season.

Burly defender Marvell Wynne has a thigh strain. Also, rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who has started all but one of the team's games this season, is questionable because of a dislocated finger. "It's unfortunate but you're not going to go through the season and get no injuries," Cummins said. "It will give other players the opportunity to come in ... and they have to make sure they take it." Frei's injury may give an opportunity for backup goalkeeper Brian Edwards to make his first start of the season. Lastly, TFC will miss midfielder Amado Guevara, away at World Cup qualifying duties with Honduras.

Going into the weekend, TFC is in 11th place in MLS, three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Wins in its last three games of the season - two at home and the finale at league-worst New York on Oct. 24 - could secure the team's first postseason berth.

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