It seems that if you want an update on the health of Rafa Marquez, you have to turn your eyes towards his twitter account to find out.
The enigmatic Red Bulls Designated Player announced via his social media platform that he will not be with the team for another three weeks. The culprit? A nagging left calf strain which has prevented him from playing for New York. His declaration was followed by this picture a few days later.
A further look into his timeline reveals that he is, in fact, in Mexico doing rehab work with Luis Fossati – the CD Chivas head medical trainer and owner of Rehabilitacion Deportiva. Though seeking medical treatment away from the team is not uncommon for athletes with prolonged injuries, the nature of his ailment – a calf strain – and the soon-ending MLS calendar raises questions about the judgment behind such a decision and perhaps sheds some light over his confidence in the team’s medical staff.
For his part, Marquez has already credited Fossati for a speedy recovery. In fact, he was healthy enough to take in a match of his former club Atlas during his stay. Red Bulls coach Hans Backe expects Marquez to return by Friday to continue his rehabilitation in New York.
Marquez has played nine matches for New York this season, and has featured for all of five minutes of play since July 15th.