Red Bulls Notes: McCarty out for Toronto, Henry in, Cahill update

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The New York Red Bulls were hoping that injured midfielder Dax McCarty would find his health during the World Cup break.

That will not come to pass. The Florida native continues to be hampered by a fracture in his knee cap, eliminating him from eligibility for this Friday’s encounter against Toronto F.C. at Red Bull Arena.

“The only one right now as far as injury goes is Dax,” head coach Mike Petke said of his mostly healthy roster. “It doesn’t look like Dax will be available for this Toronto game. He is progressing and doing better but he is not where we need him to be to make an impact for this Toronto game.”

McCarty picked up the fracture during the first half of the team’s encounter against Sporting KC back on May 27th. He played the entire 90 minutes, not knowing just how dire his situation was.

“It was kind of a freak thing. [I] Didn’t expect it. At first, I thought it was just a bruise,” he said in an interview with SiriusXM earlier this month. “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 team hopes to have McCarty back by July 4th when they take on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Petke says the timeline is “not definite, but more realistic.”

NEWS AND NOTES

  • As reported on EOS, Thierry Henry arrived at Red Bulls Training Facility on Monday and looks to be up for selection against Toronto.  “He did double days in Brazil with our trainer who traveled with him so he is good to go,” Petke said.
  • Teammate Tim Cahill is another story.  Australia has been eliminated from the World Cup, playing their final match this past Monday — a 3-0 loss to Spain.  Cahill has just begun his flight back, putting him in an unlikely position to start for Saturday.  “I wouldn’t expect him back until [Wednesday] night at the earliest.  If that is the case, he is in for Thursday practice before the game.” Petke said, adding, “Tim always wants to play of course.  As the coach and coaching staff, we have to look at many aspects of it; not just that the player wants to play — they all want to play.  The fact that we had a whole week of training with the guys, Tim’s travel schedule — it can be very counter productive.”