Thierry Henry sidelined by sprained knee
Thierry Henry will miss the New York Red Bulls’ high-profile
game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and David Beckham on Friday
night because of a sprained right knee.
The Red Bulls said Tuesday that the French forward had sprained
the medial collateral ligament in the knee during a Sept. 4 loss at
Real Salt Lake. He played with the injury last week and incurred a
$2,000 fine for a celebratory kick following teammate Mehdi
Ballouchy’s goal, a kick that sent the ball into Kevin Hartman and
injured the Dallas goalkeeper’s knee.
”We spoke to Thierry Monday and we decided that it was the best
course of action for his health and for our club to rest him this
week,” Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler said. ”Despite the
attention surrounding this Friday’s match, we did not want to
exacerbate Thierry’s current injury that he has been playing and
practicing with over the past two weeks. We want to ensure that he
is healthy for our final matches as we hope to qualify for the
playoffs and make a run towards the MLS Cup.”
Friday’s game at Carson, Calif., includes some of Major League
Soccer’s top players, including Landon Donovan of the Galaxy, and
Juan Pablo Angel and Rafael Marquez of the Red Bulls.