Toronto FC’s Dichio struggling to travel

Toronto FC forward Danny Dichio has not been travelling with the club as they believe he would be of no use due to the state of his body.

Toronto FC forward Danny Dichio has not been travelling with the club as they believe he would be of no use due to the state of his body.

The 34-year old Toronto all-time leading goalscorer was left out of the three-game road trip to the West Coast and coach Chris Cummins said it was mainly to keep him fresh.

"We've come to the conclusion that with Danny the best thing for him is not to travel to the West Coast, because you're not going to get anything out of him because of his body," Cummins explained.

“What we said we'd do is we won't let him travel, unless we have to, to the West Coast because of the [shape] he's in, because of the age of his body.

"If he spends two hours in an airport and five hours on a plane, he’s going to be stiff as a board come game time. It's better that he stayed back — he rested and spent time with his family — and get ready for the home games and the more local [road] games."

Cummins was confident that the management of Dichio would be of great benefit to both player and club.

"Don’t get me wrong – if we haven’t got enough players then I would ask him to travel,” he added.

“But for the benefit of him prolonging his career and to get the best out of him in our home games, it’s best for him to stay behind.

"Danny’s still a massive part of this team. He talks to the young kids [in practice] and he's helping them with their finishing. … We have to manage him properly. He will come on and score the goals we need at the right time."

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