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Torsten Frings nears return for Toronto FC

CONCACAF Champions League - Toronto FC v Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, CA - MARCH 14: Aaron Maund (L) #21 and Torsten Frings #22 of Toronto FC celebrate their teams 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy during a CONCACAF Champions League game at The Home Depot Center on March 14, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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He was originally supposed to be out four to six weeks, but if head coach Aron Winter’s prognosis holds, dearly missed Toronto FC sweeper Torsten Frings could be back this weekend.

Sportsnet’s John Molinaro had the news this afternoon:

... Winter claims the German midfielder is “very close to coming back” and he could see action against Chivas on the weekend.

“That we have to wait and see. ... It could be. It could be,” Winter told reporters Tuesday morning prior to the team’s practice.

Frings has been out since suffering a hamstring injury on Mar. 17 in Seattle, TFC’s season opener. The 35-year-old’s only other action this year was against LA Galaxy in the Champions League quarterfinals.

This may be fortune cookie wisdom, but it’s applicable here: Any time you can get your best player back, it’s a good thing. And as we saw earlier this year, if TFC’s captain isn’t their best player, he’s certainly their best defender. His experience and leadership are sorely needed in a defense that was the league’s worst last season and has allowed more that two goals per game in 2012.

TFC looks for their first points of the season Saturday at BMO, hosting Chivas USA.