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NEW YORK RED BULLS

April 28, 2012
HAMSTRUNG
Henry expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks


By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor

HARRISON, N.J. – He may have scored the game’s only goal and taken the lead in the race for the Golden Boot but it wasn’t all good news for Thierry Henry in the Red Bulls 1-0 home win at Red Bull Arena.

The bad overshadowed the good on an overcast Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena as Henry went down midway through the first half with what the team is terming a right hamstring strain.

In the 22nd minute while attempting to get onto the end of a through ball, Henry pulled up short and then immediately went to the ground, pounding his fist into the turf in agony. Down for several minutes, Henry, with assistance from the team trainer and Kenny Cooper, hobbled off the field. It marked the first time this season that the Red Bulls captain hasn’t gone the full 90 minutes.

The injury was bad news during the match for the Red Bulls, who up to that point in the game were dominating their opposition. The news afterwards wasn’t good either.

“It’s quite a big hamstring, a huge one,” coach Hans Backe said. “So normally you say three or four weeks.”

With Henry departing the game, the Red Bulls had to bunker in for much of the second half to cling to their lead. It was a lead that Henry had given them early in the game and provided a boost as the team was short at least five starters for the derby match.

In the seventh minute, Henry outmuscled Revolution center back Stephen McCarthy on a long ball that bounced into the New England penalty area. In alone, Henry touched the ball with the outside of his right foot over hard-charging Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis for his ninth goal of the season and an early New York lead.

“He’s the guy who can score like that and I think the start helped a lot of these young guys confidence wise because we then played well in the first half,” Backe said.

Henry declined to speak after the game, but his teammates acknowledged his impact on the game.

“We knew losing Thierry, our captain and such an important player would be tough on us,” defender Tyler Ruthven said. “We knew we’d have to fight to get the result and we dug in, we did just that.”

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