October 15, 2013
BULKING UP AT LEFT BACK
Lade back, Miller readying for return
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Red Bulls coach Mike Petke on Connor Lade (above): “Connor should be available this weekend – should be."
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – The left side of the Red Bulls defense is getting deeper with the return of Connor Lade to the training field and with Roy Miller slowly working his way back.
The possible return of Miller and Lade is good news for head coach Mike Petke, especially since the left back position still remains a bit of a question mark for the club.
In the Red Bulls' disappointing 2-2 result with the New England Revolution on Oct. 5, left back David Carney had a bad giveaway that gave New England a 2-1 lead. Carney is with the Australian national team along with midfielder Tim Cahill. Petke expected both players back on Wednesday.
Miller last played on Aug. 25 when he went 40 minutes before leaving with an Achilles injury. On Tuesday he jogged and worked with the training staff but did not participate in the team portion of training.
“I think he's still, definitely not for this weekend,” Petke said after training at the club's training facility. “Unless I'm completely wrong. Not even a thought process for this weekend.”
The absence of Lade is even more prolonged in what has been a year of injuries for the versatile young player. The last time Lade appeared in a league match was July 4 when he worked 53 minutes in a loss at the Colorado Rapids.
Lade trained on Tuesday and was a full-go. He wore a minimal knee brace on his right leg.
“Connor should be available this weekend – should be,” Petke said.
The Red Bulls play at the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.