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Insigne and Bernardeschi are fit to make Toronto FC debuts on Saturday

Jun 27, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto FC designated player Lorenzo Insigne during a press
Jun 27, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto FC designated player Lorenzo Insigne during a press / John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
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It all begins Saturday in Toronto.

Italian newcomers Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi will be available to make their Toronto FC debuts against Charlotte FC at BMO Field on Saturday evening.

The news comes after Toronto FC head coach Bob Bradley addressed the media Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday's highly-anticipated match.

Bradley told reporters following the team's training session that both Insigne and Bernardeschi are fit to play. However, he added that Insigne, who's coming off a calf injury that he picked up with The Azzurri, won't be able to play the full 90 minutes.

Jul 18, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, Canada;  Toronto FC player Federico Bernardeschi holds up a scarf
Jul 18, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto FC player Federico Bernardeschi holds up a scarf / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

There has been speculation all week on whether or not the Italian duo would make an appearance this week. Insigne and Bernardeschi trained with the club throughout the week and did so again on Friday morning.

Having both of them start tomorrow will undoubtedly boost the struggling TFC side, who can't afford to drop any more points as they push for an MLS Cup playoff spot.

Bradley also provided an update on Jonathan Osorio, who missed last week's game against CF Montreal, and said that he's out of concussion protocol and is available to play tomorrow. That will give TFC more life to its midfield, alongside Michael Bradley and newly acquired midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye.

Moreover, goalkeeper Quentin Westberg is out with a lower-body injury, along with defender Chris Mavinga and midfielder Noble Okello.

Stay tuned for our match preview of tomorrow's must-see game at TorontoReds.com. The action kicks off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TSN.

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