May 22, 2012
THE RETURN OF KING HENRY?
Red Bulls captain cleared to play, but he won't decide until Wednesday
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Thierry Henry: “It doesn’t help when the field is like this, when you’re coming back from a hamstring injury. Yesterday we couldn’t train, that was a bit of a back in the knife (sic) because I wanted to go out there and see how I was physically. But
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UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Despite having missed most of the past month with a hamstring injury, Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry is still near the top of the MLS Golden Boot race with nine goals.
Henry, third in the league in scoring even as he has missed the past three games with the injury, appears set to return to the field on Wednesday night as his New York team hosts Chivas USA at Red Bull Arena.
Enjoying what might be his finest season in Major League Soccer, Henry suffered the hamstring injury on April 28 after scoring the lone goal in the Red Bulls' 1-0 home win over New England. He returned to the practice field late last week and following a fitness test on Tuesday, was cleared by coach Hans Backe to play.
Perhaps a little less optimistic than his coach, Henry is waiting to see how he feels before the game.
“I’ll see tomorrow if I can play,” Henry said “We’ll see tomorrow if I can play, if I can be available for the game.”
The good news for Henry is that in his absence his team has exceeded expectations, winning five straight games. Now with Chivas USA coming to town, the Western Conference side has won just once in its last five games, the Red Bulls are looking to head into the international break with momentum.
Unable to train on Monday due to heavy rains in the north Jersey area, Henry is cautiously optimistic that he can play against Chivas USA. He will know for sure on Wednesday if he can participate fully.
“It doesn’t help when the field is like this, when you’re coming back from a hamstring injury," Henry said. "Yesterday we couldn’t train, that was a bit of a back in the knife (sic) because I wanted to go out there and see how I was physically. But I’m not bad, I’m not bad."
“You’re always scared when you come back and you push for the first time and you’re sprinting.”
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