November 4, 2012
Backe on Marquez's injury: 'I don't know how bad it is'
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Red Bulls don't know if veteran central defender Rafa Marquez will be available for Wednesday night's second leg of their MLS playoff series with D.C. United.
|Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said that there is something wrong with Rafa Marquez's (above) calf, but he did not know what it was.
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Marquez, who has been plagued by injuries all season, was forced out of the 1-1 draw in the first leg at RFK Stadium as a precautionary measure due to calf tightness.
“There’s something wrong with his calf, but I don’t know how bad it is," Backe said.
Roy Miller replaced Marquez at the start of the second half. The Mexican international has four days to get that calf muscle ready for the next leg at Red Bull Arena.
“Well, I don’t want to speculate on what’s going to happen yet," goalkeeper Luis Robles said. "Of course having Rafa back there is huge – we’re talking about a player that has tremendous world experience, playing at the highest level. So, if he’s back there, we’ll be solid, but if he’s not on the pitch, I know that we have guys that can step up.”
If Robles can't go, Heath Pearce, who moved from left back into central defense, likely will do the same on Wednesday. Either Miller or Wilman Conde would be the candidates to take over at left back.
Regardless if he can play, Marquez had a message for his teammates.
“It wasn’t a good game for us,” he was quoted by MLSSoccer.com. “It wasn’t the same level we showed the last few games. We need to change our attitude if we are to live up to our expectations of something bigger.”