Cahill, Eckersley ruled out vs. Impact; Henry and Olave questionable

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Both Richard Eckersley and Tim Cahill exited the New York Red Bulls match against Chivas USA in the first half.

Neither will return any time soon.

Head coach Mike Petke revealed both players suffered injuries that will see them miss action this weekend against Montreal, and possibly beyond.

“I would hope to have [Cahill] back in two weeks, but for now, it seems that he’ll be out this weekend with a hamstring strain,” Petke said. “The conversations that I have had with the medical department is that it is not a tear.

“With Tim, we all know, you say ‘he’ll be back in three weeks’ and he’ll come back in a week and a half. You say he’ll come back in six weeks, he’ll come back in four weeks. As of now, they’re saying best case scenario two weeks.”

The prognosis on the under-performing Eckersley is no better. Petke described the defender’s ankle as swollen like a “baseball” after Sunday’s match. Now, doctors tell the defender he will be out three-to-four weeks with a sprained ankle.

Kosuke Kimura, who was sporting a swollen ankle of his own after the match, has been cleared to play by the Red Bull medical staff after suffering a “shift” on a cross during the Chivas match. In a worst case scenario, New York may look at overachieving Draft pick Chris Duvall to fill the right back slot.

As previously discussed, the timing could not be worse for New York. Montreal will host the Red Bulls at the Stade Olympique, known for it’s treacherous turf surface. Traditionally, both Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave sit out turf games as a health precaution. Petke acknowledged that could be the case again, but fell short of confirming their status during his press conference.

“It’s Tuesday of the week before the game so I’m not going to make any bold statements yes or no,” he said. “We traditionally know what goes on with these games. However, there’s always that chance; there’s always the situation that we have a conversation and decide that it’s a go on this turf. I’m not ready to make any statement right now, but there’s always a chance.

“Having said that, we have what I think is a deep roster. I have total confidence in whoever jumps in if they are not going to go. We’ve had success before in Montreal and that’s what we’re looking to do this time.”