October 29, 2013
HE SHOULD BE READY
Petke says Robles is expected to play in conference semis
Goalkeeper Luis Robles is expected to play for the Red Bulls in their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday, says head coach Mike Petke.
|Luis Robles is expected to be a go for Sunday.
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Robles, who has played every minute of every game this Major League Soccer season, suffered a knock to his left knee during the Red Bulls' 5-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday. That result clinched the Supporters Shield for New York.
"Luis should be fine to go," Petke said.
Petke said that Robles had an MRI on Monday and had received treatment Monday and Tuesday.
"All indications are that it is not serious," Petke said on his weekly conference call with the Red Bulls media. "It's something that has already improved over the last two days since the game. It's going to continue, what they think, to get better. He should be ready to go."
If Robles is not ready, Ryan Meara would be ready to step in, Petke said. Meara, who has not seen a minute of MLS action this season, has played in Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup matches and reserve league games.
"We have someone like Ryan Meara, who is chomping at the bit behind him who has played phenomenally at practice and in reserve games and has not seen the field only because he's behind right now one of the hottest goalkeepers in the league," he said. "It's a day-to-day [thing]. We're not concerned about it. "
During Sunday's game, Robles said that he was not comfortable taking goal kicks, which could preclude him from playing the winner of the Houston-Montreal wildcard match in the conference semis.
"Listen, if he's not comfortable taking goal kicks, that's going to weigh heavily on our decision on if he is able to go," Petke said. "Because if he is not able to take goal kicks, then it's obviously something wrong. We have a few days ahead of us. We have some breathing room. Rest him, test him and see that he's ready to go. This is a decision we're not going to make right now, but it will be made in enough time to get prepared."