November 6, 2012
RAFA'S SET TO PLAY
Backe's 90 percent certain Marquez will start
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Hans Backe on Rafa Marquez (above): “He was frustrated of course, he’s picked up this calf a number of times. Luckily now it was the right decision.”
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Subbed out at halftime of the 1-1 tie this weekend at RFK Stadium, defender Rafa Marquez will likely feature for the Red Bulls on Wednesday night in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals. He did not train with the team on Monday or Tuesday ahead of the crucial match.
Marquez left the match with a calf strain but after a MRI and treatment the past two days, the outlook is optimistic. He did not address the media at Montclair State University on Tuesday following his treatment.
“That is a good percentage, I would say as much as nine out of 10,” coach Hans Backe said of the likelihood that Marquez plays.
“It’s a soft, soft, soft calf. He got treatment two days; it is even 24 more hours [until kickoff]. I’m 100 percent sure [he will play].”
During the Major League Soccer regular season, Marquez played in only 15 of 34 regular-season games and made 13 starts. He played 987 minutes.
Backe said that his designated player was understandably frustrated at the injury and being subbed out of the match.
“He was frustrated of course, he’s picked up this calf a number of times,” he said. “Luckily now it was the right decision.”