Red Bulls’ Damien Perrinelle out for the season

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HANOVER, N.J. – Few expected Damien Perrinelle to become so invaluable to the New York Red Bulls this season. Now, few can imagine how the team will cope without him.

A press release Tuesday morning revealed Perrinelle will be out for the rest of the 2015 campaign due to a knee injury suffered against DC United in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“Of course, it is sad,” Perrinelle told media members. “It is bad news, but now, I am already focused on next season. I am looking forward to it and I hope the [team] will take care of the business.”

Perrinelle, 32, has been the unspoken rock of the Red Bull defense. In fact, the club is an unsightly 2-4-2 without him as a starter. He will likely undergo knee surgery, which will put him out of contention for 5-7 months. Perrinelle hopes that he can rejoin the team by the start of 2016.

“It depends on the evolution of my knee,” he said. “I had the same thing in the right knee and it was between five and six months. Now we have the countdown and that is it.”

His loss makes way for Ronald Zubar to take the starting role he was once promised to keep. If yellow card accumulation becomes an issue for either Zubar or Miazga, Karl Ouimette will be called upon to shore up the Red Bull backline.

Until then, Perrinelle will continue to take a visible role in and out of Red Bull training, supporting his teammates this postseason.

 

“I will be their first fan the rest of the season,” he said with a smile. “I hope they do good job.”