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Philadelphia Union's Nowak not focusing on returning Le Toux

Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak has rubbished suggestions that he is going to be worried about the return of Sebastien Le Toux this weekend.

The former Union star will be back at PPL Park when his new club, Vancouver Whitecaps, travel to Philly on Saturday and there has been plenty of talk of the old 'face of the club' taking focus away from the game.

But Nowak has shot down those claims saying the match is much more than about one individual who is a loved figure at the Union whose 2012 record stands at 0-0-3.

"Are you being serious or are you joking?" Nowak said when reported asked if there would be a Le Toux influence on the match.

"Because I could look from two different perspectives. I don't know, maybe confetti, maybe banners, maybe a parade? Who knows? I have no idea what the [atmosphere] is going to be. I am focused on our responsibilities."

He added: "I am sick of this 'face of the franchise' crap. You know who is the face of the franchise? Our fans who come every week to support us, the team. They are the face of this franchise.

"That's who we play for. Not some individual player. I'm not dumb, I know fans loved [Le Toux] and will cheer him, but at the end of the day, it's about the team, our team, and that's where the focus should be."

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