Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Eight Months after Horrific Leg Injury, Johnson Hopes to Make BMO Field Comeback

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Eight Months after Horrific Leg Injury, Johnson Hopes to Make BMO Field Comeback

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Johnson returns to the scene of the crime

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TORONTO - Eight months after suffering a horrific leg injury at BMO Field, Canadian international Will Johnson is healthy and looking to make his first-team comeback Saturday as the Portland Timbers visit Toronto FC.

The hard-nosed midfielder has no qualms about setting foot on the pitch where he lasted just one minute last time out, stretchered off after an ugly shin-on-shin collision with Toronto fullback Mark Bloom on a 50-50 ball.

For the 28-year-old Timbers captain, returning to action in Toronto would be akin to going full circle and signalling that his return from several surgeries and painful rehab is complete.

"For me that would be awesome. I think it would be a great story," Johnson said Friday from the Timbers' hotel. "I really enjoy playing at BMO, I played a lot of games on that field, had some great nights there. It would just be another experience that I feel that I would enjoy.

"If it happens great, if it doesn't then I'll look for it Wednesday (at home to D.C. United)."

Johnson has appeared in three games for the Timbers II team in his comeback so far.

The Timbers (3-4-4) have been hot and cold so far this season but things are looking up with Argentine playmaker Diego Valeri back in action after a knee injury.

"I think they're a dangerous team," said Toronto coach Greg Vanney. "You look at their roster and the guys they're adding back in -- Valeri, the possibility of Will coming back, obviously (Darlington) Nagbe -- they have some real talent out on the field. And they have some size out on the field especially up front with (Fanendo) Adi, and some aggressive outside backs who can get high and get service in."

Toronto (3-5-1) has lost star striker Jozy Altidore to a hamstring injury. England's Luke Moore is expected to take his place up front, with Italian dynamo Sebastian Giovinco also leading the attack. …

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