Red Bulls’ Bilyeu Plays On With Broken Bone in Hand

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

New York Red Bulls defender Justin Bilyeu is powering through a broken bone in has hand according to Coach Jesse Marsch. Bilyeu was off the field for a few days but has returned to training.

“Justin, in training, fell weird on his hand,” Marsch said. “He can still play as tolerated. Today was his first day back on the field and it seemed OK but it wasn’t perfect. I think each day it’ll get a little better.”

New York has dealt with a few injuries to players ahead of its CONCACAF Champions League game against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Feb. 22. Aside from Bilyeu, it appears that Alex Muyl also sustained an injury during the preseason game against the New England Revolution. Not much information has been provided about Muyl’s injury and he may not necessarily miss much time.

Still, it raises concern about the squad’s depth before the Champions League match. The Red Bulls have a busy schedule leading up to that game with their participation in the Desert Diamond Cup, which starts on Wednesday with a game against NYCFC. Marsch should have more options with players Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan and Luis Robles among others returning to the team for the first time in preseason.