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.