Red Bulls could lose Lade, Perrinelle for extended time

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

As if dropping a two goal lead on the road and failing to garner a penalty shout wasn’t bad enough, the New York Red Bulls are leaving Los Angeles with another unwanted gift: injuries.

Within the first 47 minutes, the Red Bulls not only lost Damien Perrinelle to injury, but fullback Connor Lade and key striker Bradley Wright-Phillips as well. While it is still too early to delve into their condition, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch is not painting a pretty picture.

“It doesn’t look good,” Marsch said of his injured trio. “It’s hard to speculate right now, but both are going to be out for a while, Perrinelle and Lade.”

Marsch added, “For Brad to take himself out of the game – he has never done that, since I’ve been here, he has never taken himself out of game or training. I doubt that one is very good either.”

Perrinelle, who only recently returned from an elongated bout with knee issues, suffered a left ankle injury thanks to an errant tackle from Galaxy hardman Jeff Larentowicz. Lade was taken out of the match with a knee injury that required heavy icing. His pain was so severe, he was visibly gnawing at a towel to ease his pain. As for Wright-Phillips, the root of his injury could have come in the first half after an infraction with Daniel Steres, but there is no further clarity on his situation.

The Red Bulls return to training on Tuesday, promising answers on their fallen trio. However, of the three, it looks as if Lade and Perrinelle may be set for an extended time off the field.

“We are hoping that [BWP] isn’t on the same level as Damien, and Connor and Dax,” Marsch said.