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November 20, 2012
Roxburgh won't say if Rafa will return

Rafa Marquez has not been a fan or media favorite the past two seasons.
Rafa Marquez has not been a fan or media favorite the past two seasons.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

HARRISON, N.J. -- Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh was non-commital on whether Mexican international defender-midfielder Rafa Marquez would return to the Major League Soccer team for next season.

Marquez certainly has not been a fan or media favorite during his two-season tenure with the club. He has battled injuries since the 2011 season and he has had accrued red cards at the most inopportune times. He was red-carded in the second half of the Red Bulls' 1-0 loss to D.C. United in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series two weeks ago.

Marquez is considered a liability in many quarters given his shaky health, red cards and suspensions.

Speaking with the Red Bulls' media for the first time at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday morning, Roxburgh reminded the press that Marquez still had another year on his contract.

"He's been very unfortunate in terms of a lot of injuries, which has not helped," Roxburgh said. "He is obviously a gifted player."

Roxburgh said that he and Red Bulls global boss Gerard Houllier spoke with the players, including Marquez, last Friday.

"We will continue to talk to him about his situation," Roxburgh said. "That is all what I can say about his situation.

Asked if he knew if Marquez wanted to return, Roxburgh replied, "We're talking to him to see how he feels, we feel."

To be continued, for sure.

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