Backe: Henry likely to play vs. Toronto

New York DP left field in Chicago for precautionary reasons

After being substituted out in the first half of Sunday’s match against Chicago, Thierry Henry returned to the practice field on Tuesday morning and did fitness and light training with the team.

Henry, who was pulled as a precaution due to a slight groin injury, is listed as questionable for Wednesday's home match against Toronto.

“Henry can play,” head coach Hans Backe told the media on Tuesday morning. "It’s just tight muscles, like a cramp."

Backe said that he wants to be fair to Henry, considering the player is still very much in preseason form and working his way into shape.

The coach added he thinks Henry will most likely start and that the move to bring him off in Chicago was his idea and not something that Henry requested. He saw the Frenchman grabbing his groin and made the call to bring on a substitute.

“Just get him out as quickly as possible,” Backe said about the move to pull his star player.

Backe said he has set no minute goal for Henry for Wednesday night’s fixture, noting his star striker has played a full 90 minutes just once since February.

Kristian Dyer is a reporter for MLSSoccer.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs. He can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012