Henry in, Márquez could be out for Red Bulls

DP merry-go-round continues as Mexico captain hurts knee

Rafa Marquez injury

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UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The Red Bulls are preparing for a Saturday
afternoon Eastern Conference tussle with Kansas City, and they might be
doing it without midfielder Rafa Márquez.

On Friday afternoon
following training, head coach Hans Backe confirmed that Márquez may not
be a part of his squad’s Starting XI in the match against the Wizards.

“He
knocked his knee a couple days ago in practice,” Backe told
MLSSoccer.com. “He didn’t train today. He is uncertain I’d say for
tomorrow.”

Backe’s club is, however, buoyed by good news this
week about the form of forward Thierry Henry. The former French
international was sidelined last weekend in Los Angeles following his
own slight knee knock the week before. After a week of rehabilitation
and regeneration, Henry has practiced in full this week with the club,
including the Friday morning training session.

The injury, however, will limit the Red Bulls striker’s minutes in Saturday’s contest.

“Probably
not [90 minutes]. 65 minutes, maybe 70 minutes on Saturday,” Backe
said. “In a way, it depends on the type of game it ends up being.”

Carey Talley, meanwhile, continues to rehab from a hamstring injury suffered last Friday night in the 2-0 win over the Galaxy.

“I went for a tackle, and it felt like something just grabbed me,” Talley said.

Talley has not kicked a ball this week, instead focusing on rehab and regeneration.

“I
hope to begin jogging next week,” Talley said. “I’m disappointed
obviously, I wanted to go out there and settle in, prove myself to the
guys.”

News & Notes

When asked if the injury to Márquez could see Mehdi Ballouchy
drop from a withdrawn striker role into a deeper midfield
responsibility, Backe smiled and simply said, “you will have to wait and
see on Saturday."…Brian Nielsen
did extensive rehabilitation work on Friday while the team trained,
working on strengthening his knee and building lateral movement.

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