Fidel Escobar was injured while with Panama during the international break. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

Players on international duty doesn’t always mean good news for their domestic sides.

Just ask the two New York MLS teams.

New York City FC captain David Villa suffered an injury while with the Spanish national team last year and midfielder Alex Ring incurred a knee injury while training with the Finland side last week. He will miss four weeks after sustaining a MCL sprain and subluxation of his patella to his right knee.

The latest injury happened to a Red Bull. Defender Fidel Escobar will miss from two to three weeks with an injury he suffered while with the Panama national team during the latest international break, Kristian Dyer reported on Twitter Tuesday.

Escobar’s injury wasn’t specified.

Dyer spoke with Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch.

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