May 25, 2011
HENRY ON HIS KNEE
'To go out there, I don't know if it was a smart thing to do'
By Michael Lewis
HARRISON, N.J. -- He scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the Red Bulls' 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night. Yet captain and striker Thierry Henry wasn't convinced he should have played.
Henry told MSG after the match that he had problems with his knee, which forced him to miss the 2-2 tie at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
"I am not great," he said. "I played with it. I couldn't actually shoot properly, even though I did score with my right.
"To go out there, I don't know if it was a smart thing to do. I wanted to go. We' see though. I was going to go against Vancouver but I wanted to be out there."
Henry reiterated his comments to reporters after the game around midnight in the Red Bulls exercise room.
"Maybe I shouldn't have gone," he said. "I went out there and we'll see how I will be tomorrow.
"It is a crazy one to be honest. I wanted to be out there today. After 70 minutes I could not move too well. I was struggling with it."
Henry was replaced by Juan Agudelo in the 87th minute.
As for playing in Vancouver on Saturday, that could be dicey.
"It's going to be a hard one," Henry said. "We're going to see how I am going to be [Thursday].
Playing on artificial turf with an ailing knee is not the best tonic.
"I don't think it's going to be the right thing for my knee," he said. "We'll see with the boss [coach Hans Backe] tomorrow on how its going to be, especially with going on the flight. Nothing to recover, basically."
Henry said that forward Luke Rodgers took a kick in his ankle.
"He is not feeling too well," he said. "I saw him limping, leaving the dressing room early on."