RBNY Injury Report: Duvall, Sam, and Perrinelle

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Russ McKenzie

Although the break for Copa America Centenario may be a double edged sword, one thing the New York Red Bulls welcome is the opportunity to get their roster back to full health.

“We’ll start to get our full compliment of players, which is exciting,” head coach Jesse Marsch said after training on Wednesday.

Marsch had to dodge and parry with his roster decisions nearly from the opening match this season, especially on the backline. The biggest bright spot for the club is the possibility of last year’s starting centerback Damien Perrinelle rejoining the team. The Frenchman has been rehabbing his torn ACL with Clairefontaine.

“Damien got back last night. He visited the doctors this morning and he’s getting a workout later today. I’m hopeful that he’ll be training by the end of the week,” Marsch said.

Another injury on defense was Chris Duvall, who missed the last two matches with a hamstring issue. Marsch reported that he could be available when the Red Bulls resume their MLS schedule. “Chris is ahead of schedule. We’re hopeful that, by Seattle (on June 19), he’ll be back in the picture,” Marsch said.

Marsch also confirmed that Lloyd Sam was going to be ready. The midfielder was held out of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Toronto FC as a precaution after a groin tweak.