Aurelien Collin, battling NYCFC’s Sean Okoli for the ball, will have to wait a week to play. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
HANOVER, N.J. — Jesse Marsch will have to do some juggling on his backline when the Red Bulls meet the New England Revolution Wednesday night.
Center back Aurelien Collin is out with a leg injury suffered in the 2-0 Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup defeat to New York City FC June 14. Outside backs Kemar Lawrence (left) and Michael Amir Murillo (right) are preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup with their respective teams, Jamaica and Panama, as well.
On Monday, the Red Bulls head coach said that Collin jogged during training. He was forced from the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup game against the Philadelphia Union in the 21st minute June 28. New York advanced to the quarterfinals and will play against New England next week.
“He won’t be ready for this game, but we’re hopeful he’ll be ready for the next game,” Marsch told reporters at the team’s training facility.
Long, who was forced from the game with a cramped leg in the 77th minute, was “fine,” Marsch said.
“He’s just cramping up,” he added. “Got to figure out how to get him to not cramp out, but he’s fine, ready to go.”
Marsch said the team had several options.
“We can slide Aaron Long out to outside back,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve got Connor [Lade] and Sal [Zizzo]. We’ve used Tyler [Adams] as an outside back. We’ve used Sean as an outside back in the past. So, there’s plenty of options there to deal with it. So, we’re not too concerned.”
Adams, however, won’t be available as an option. He must sit out a one-game suspension as dispensed by the MLS disciplinary committee, which means Sean Davis will take his place in the Starting XI.
“He’s been important, but we know that Sean will step in and he’ll do the job,” Marsch said. “I don’t think there’s too many concerns there.”
In other injury news, center back Gideon Baah, who was lost for the season with a broken leg suffered in preseason, has been training with the team. Baah will play with Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League later this summer, according to Marsch.
“He’s still a ways off,” he said. “He’s making good progress and we’re all happy to see him back on the field.”