HARRISON, N.J. – An eerie silence filled Red Bulls Arena late in the Red Bulls' 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday when New York midfielder Rafa Márquez was stretchered off the field with an apparent ankle injury.
Márquez, who played international matches with the Mexican national team against Colombia and Ecuador in the past week, suffered the injury in the 74th minute after he was hauled down near midfield by Colorado’s Wells Thompson.
After the foul, Márquez rolled around on the field for several moments, clutching his ankle. After receiving medical attention from New York’s team trainer Rick Guter, the central midfielder was stretchered to the far sideline. After several minutes, Márquez walked around the field to the team bench on his own power.
Red Bulls officials said Márquez had sustained a sprained ankle and will be evaluated on Monday. The Red Bulls return to action on Thursday at FC Dallas.
“It is light,” Márquez said of the injury. “And it’s not that bad.”
Márquez was uncertain if he would be available for the team's next match against FCD, adding a determination would be made on gameday about his status.
Head coach Hans Backe said he wasn’t terribly concerned.
“It’s the same injury I think he got in the second international game for Mexico against Colombia,” Backe said. “I haven’t talked to him or the trainers [but] I don’t think it’s too bad.”
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