UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls took to the training field on Monday afternoon with their biggest and most expensive players unable to train.
Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez both participated in fitness work at the team’s practice facility at Montclair State University, but both left the field shortly thereafter, heading over to the team’s medical staff to treat their injuries.
Neither Henry nor Márquez participated in drills or small-sided games and head coach Hans Backe is uncertain of their future status.
“I think maybe Rafa will train with us on Tuesday,” Backe told MLSsoccer.com. “And Henry, not quite sure.”
Backe said that Márquez was “fatigued” following his recent play in a flurry of friendlies with the Mexican National Team, not to mention the heavy dose of travel and plenty of MLS matches.
Two weeks ago, the Mexico captain suffered an ankle injury against Colorado as a result of a vicious collision of bodies with the Rapids’ Wells Thompson. Márquez appeared a tad slow during last Thursday night’s 2-2 draw at FC Dallas, and Backe said “he needed some rest.”
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Henry, however, continues to be plagued by a knee injury that Backe refers to as “the same type of injury as he had before the 2002 World Cup.”
While the Red Bulls gaffer is hopeful to have his star striker on the field, he won’t rush into any decisions that might jeopardize the player for the rest of this season, even with a crucial away match at Los Angeles this Friday night.
“He’s a little bit uncomfortable with that knee,” Backe said. “We simply have to take it day by day with him and hopefully, he is ready for the Galaxy this Friday.”
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