Red Bulls’ McCarty to miss “a few weeks” with knee injury

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The last thing the New York Red Bulls needed was another starter to go down.

Facing the New England Revolution in their final game before the World Cup break, and staring down a much-anticipated showdown against the Cosmos, the Red Bulls will have to take the field without Dax McCarty.

New York head coach Mike Petke revealed McCarty took a “bad knock” against Sporting KC during New York’s 1-1 draw two weeks ago. That “vicious” hit will now force the stalwart midfielder to miss “a few weeks” worth of action.

“He actually made it through the game, played through the pain, had an MRI on his knee and the situation looks like a couple of weeks,” Petke said.

The revelation sheds light on an ominous tweet sent earlier this week from the Red Bulls’ midfielder. “Bummed, but thankful. It’s a weird feeling,” he wrote.

After Petke’s revelation, McCarty issued another statement on Twitter about his knee problem. “Bummed I’m missing a few games but thankful the injury wasn’t worse,” he said. “Time to get the body right!”

The knee injury was just the latest physical setback for McCarty, who has been battling a reoccurring back issue all season long. How much time he will take for recovery is still anyone’s guess, but he will miss some significant fixtures in the healing process.

“For me to say that he has a break or for me to say that he has a sprain, it would just be me guessing,” Petke said. “I got the report after practice and the doctor hasn’t come in yet. That’s why I am still waiting for him, but it is significant enough that early indications, the MRI state that he will be not in the New England game and most likely not in the Cosmos game.”

McCarty joins Tim Cahill, Roy Miller, Thierry Henry and Ian Christianson amongst New York’s unavailable players leading into the World Cup break. Due to injury concerns on turf surfaces, Jamison Olave would likely not play against the Revolution or the Cosmos either, further thinning out New York’s roster in the early part of June.

The Red Bulls will likely turn to Michael Bustamante and Peguy Luyindula to fill the void in the middle.