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Toronto FC’s Torsten Frings out 4-6 weeks

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Dutch striker Danny Koevermans, left, and German midfielder Torsten Frings pose with Toronto FC jerseys during a news conference introducing the MLS club’s new soccer players, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Neil Davison)


Best way to describe Toronto FC’s chances of advancing further in the CONCACAF Champions League chase? Probably somewhere between “super-model thin,” and “not gonna happen.”

Good on the boys in red for being the only MLS side advancing into the Champions League semifinals. But Aron Winter’s club faced daunting odds already against current Mexican power Santos Laguna. The odds just got a little worse with Tuesday’s troubling revelation.

German veteran Torsten Frings, so important in last week’s quarterfinal stunner over Los Angeles, will miss 4-6 weeks with the hamstring tear. Details are here.

Toronto’s schedule needs to be considered here.

Frings is almost certainly out for the two-leg series against Santos, March 28 in Toronto and April 4 in Torreon, Mexico. But with some luck the former German international could return for the side’s first Canadian Championship contest, May 2 in Montreal.

Either way Frings seems sure to miss four MLS matches, including the club’s league visit to Montreal on April 7.