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March 25, 2012
Agudelo says he will miss 3-4 weeks, down plays Backe's 6 weeks

Juan Agudelo says he will be out 3-4 weeks, coach Hans Backe said it was a minimum of six weeks.
Juan Agudelo says he will be out 3-4 weeks, coach Hans Backe said it was a minimum of six weeks.
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By Kristian R. Dyer Contributing Editor

HARRISON, N.J. – Before scoring a first-half goal in the United 6-0 victory over Cuba last week, forward Juan Agudelo had a knee injury that will shelve him for the next “three to four weeks.”

The injury came in the first half of the midweek qualifying win and kept him from playing in the United States' 2-0 first-round loss to Canada at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament on Saturday night.

Agudelo flew from Nashville, Tenn. back to his Red Bulls club so that his torn meniscus could be evaluated by team doctors.

“I’m probably going to get surgery tomorrow in the city. I should return pretty soon, these types of injuries take three to four weeks,” Agudelo said.

“They just need to scrape it up a little bit.”

The timetable is good news for his club team as on Sunday afternoon coach Hans Backe speculated in his post-game press conference that the young striker could miss “six weeks.”

Backe said it would be a "minimum of six weeks, definitely."

Agudelo brushed that timetable aside, saying “I’m pretty young so I heal up quick.”

The injury wasn’t as bad as originally feared and involved barely any contact.

“I injured it in the first 45 minutes against Cuba,” Agudelo said.

“I was just trying to shield the ball when I got the ball in the corner and I tried to stop myself from running and I got pushed a little bit and then my knee got caught in the turf a little bit and I felt a little pop. I tried to play through and as soon as I stopped moving it around it got sore and I couldn’t go back in the second half. I talked to the coach and he thought it’d be smarter [to sit out].”

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