HANOVER, N.J. — Will Aurelien Collin finally be fit to play a Major League Soccer game?


Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch says the veteran center back “might be available” for Saturday’s encounter at the Montreal Impact.

“We’ll see what happens,” Marsch told reporters at the team’s training facility earlier this week. “Every day has gotten a little bit better for him. So if he’s at all ready to go, we’ll put him on the bench. We don’t want to risk anything, but there’s a high possibiltiy that he’s available.”

Collin has been sidelined after suffering a strain in his abdominal muscle during practice leading up to the game against Chicago Fire April 29.

Back-up goalkeeper Ryan Meara has got a bit of a back issue, according to Marsch.

If he isn’t available, Evan Louro of Red Bulls II could be cover for regular Luis Robles for the Impact match.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.