Red Bulls Dax McCarty talks about his recent knee injury

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM

News of Dax McCarty’s knee injury certainly surprised many Red Bull fans last week.

They are not alone — McCarty was pretty surprised by it himself.

New York’s stalwart central midfielder put in a solid shift against Sporting KC the week prior and showed little to no problems in his play. Suddenly, doctors told him he would need to miss time with a fractured knee cap.

He addressed his condition on Sirius XM’s ‘Over the Ball.’

“It was kind of a freak thing. [I] Didn’t expect it. At first, I thought it was just a bruise,” he recalls. “It happened in the first half of the Sporting KC game. I kind of limped around a little bit, walked it off, was running around. In the second half, it was bothering me and I ran around a little more.

“I came to find out after the game that it ballooned up and [became] swollen. The doctor was like ‘ya, I don’t think this is a bruise.”

The doctor’s initial observation hit McCarty hard. The midfielder has never suffered a knee injury in his playing career, immediately causing him to think the very worst.

“I was actually pretty nervous,” he admits. “I thought it was going to be a lot worse. I had a couple thoughts creeping into my head. ‘You never had a knee injury before. Maybe your season will be over.’

“The doctor came in and eased my mind. He said ‘listen, you have a real injury but it’s much better than what it could have been.’ No ligament damage.

“I ended up having a very small fracture in my knee cap.”

McCarty also shot down unnamed media reports, claiming he would need surgery for the knock “which was totally false.”

“Once the bone heals, I am good to go.”

If there were any silver lining, it’s this; Major League Soccer observes a 19-day break in action for the World Cup. Instead of missing anywhere from four to five potential league matches, McCarty may only miss a single match; last weekend’s thrilling win at New England.

According to McCarty, he should be back in action for the Red Bulls by their June 27th encounter against Toronto FC.