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Toronto FC star striker Sebastian Giovinco ruled out for Vancouver game

Toronto FC's Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco attends a season wrapping news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Giovinco received treatment for a painful charley horse as his Toronto teammates trained Tuesday in advance of this week's trip to Vancouver.

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Star striker Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of Toronto FC's weekend game in Vancouver.

Giovinco suffered a painful charley horse in Saturday's 2-2 tie in Philadelphia.

Toronto said Giovinco left Tuesday night for Italy to meet with his doctor.

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The club said the meeting had originally been scheduled during next week's bye week but was pushed forward when he was ruled out of Saturday's game.

The five-foot-four, 130-pound Italian had to be helped off late in the first half in Philadelphia when six-foot-four 210 pound defender Oguchi Onyewu caught him with a knee to the right thigh in a challenge.

Coach Greg Vanney said after training Tuesday that Giovinco was questionable for Saturday's game against the Whitecaps. They decided later that day that he was out.

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