Injury sidelines Henry for Houston trip
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry notched two assists in his MLS debut on
a muggy night in Houston last year, but this time he's staying home.
A team spokesman confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that Henry did not travel
with the club on Friday due to a right knee injury similiar to the one
that limited him during the 2010 postseason. The Red Bulls take on the
Dynamo on Saturday at Robertson Stadium (8:30 pm ET, MSG, MatchDay Live)
Henry suffered the injury last Sunday night during the team's 3-2 loss
to Chivas USA. He left training early on Thursday after participating
with the full team for just 30 minutes. It was his first training
session of the week after an off-day on Monday and regeneration on
Tuesday and Wednesday.
During the session, it was clear Henry was lacking his normal quickness
and turn of speed on the practice field. He slowly hobbled away from
training at the halfway point of the team’s session, heading toward the
team’s locker room area at Red Bull Arena.
“Whenever I want to control the ball or pass I couldn’t do it properly, so I didn’t want to aggravate it more,” Henry said.
A healthy Henry will be crucial over the next month, as coach Hans
Backe let slip on Thursday afternoon that New York will lose Juan
Agudelo to the United States national team for the upcoming Gold Cup.
Dwayne De Rosario and Dane Richards, two other valuable Red Bulls
attackers, are also expected to be gone for the tournament.
Backe said that he did not want to “take any risks” with Henry, and
that the four-hour flight, the thin roster in June and the severity of
the injury itself all informed the team’s decision to keep their
designated player home.
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