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Thierry Henry Injury Update From Red Bulls Training

thierry henry Thierry Henry Injury Update From Red Bulls Training

After reporting about Thierry Henry’s nagging injuries to start the season, I can understand how the supporters felt when they envisioned a world class player joining up with the future of the club in Juan Agudelo and now adding a distributor like Dwayne DeRosario.

You believe that it should be total destruction from the first match all the way to the end, but for the last seven years Henry has lived with this chronic Achilles pain towards the end of his Arsenal career, into his tenure with F.C. Barcelona and now with the New York Red Bulls.

“He looked sharp today (at training April 14th)” said Head Coach Hans Backe. “Lively, explosive, could take his runs in behind which is his game. He can play on Saturday (against San Jose). It’s a daily thing. You will always have, but if the pain is not so much then he can play.” At the moment the Achilles problem for Henry will not need surgery nor will it get a cortisone shot of any kind. If it needs rest then so be it, but as of right now Henry can manage the pain.

Of course the only person who is tired of talking about this problem is Thierry Henry. You can tell he wanted to end the discussion about his current chronic Achilles problem, even though he did look very good at training. “I’ve been dealing with this Achilles injury for seven years now.” said Henry, “It started with Arsenal in 2004, there are days when I can’t handle the pain but I try to perform. Sometimes I feel a bit free or better, but I will be available for the game against San Jose.”

I attended Red Bulls training and he did look better on the practice field. Not once did he show an signs of limping or any facial expressions of pain. But of course the most important thing for him right now is that he is ready to go for the club against the San Jose Earthquakes and he knows that high percentage of possession is not going to help the club win games unless they convert their chances.

“I think we have to be sensible in what we do” said Sporting Director Erik Soler, “We have a good medical staff, sensible coaches and Thierry is a very smart guy himself. I’m comfortable that they can figure it out.” Soler also chimed in on being an expert of this problem. “I’ve had four Achilles operations myself and it really slows you down.” At the moment it seems that the Red Bulls knew what was coming when Henry came over last summer. Just try to manage this distraction as much as possible and give Henry the necessary treatment that the tendon needs so he can be ready for the next league match.

3 Responses to Thierry Henry Injury Update From Red Bulls Training

  1. Charles says:

    I have had four operations myself and it really slows you down but I decided to pay Henry an enormous salary anyway.

    yeah can’t figure out why this team has zero championships.

  2. ERP says:

    Harkes and Lalas had a go at Henry during the Timbers match last night. I haven’t really followed the Red Bulls (worst club name of all time, BTW) or Henry much, so I don’t know how much of what they said was accurate. But big salary and not many goals to show for it (2 I think?) is kind of hard to ignore. Just reinforces that sterotype that MLS is where good players go to die.

    • Charles says:

      Hopefully this kills that good players going to die can succeed notion.

      I read that Henry jersey’s sold 40,000 so far. Some of those have to be overlap, as in purchaser was going to buy anyway, but bought this.

      So <40,000 jerseys sold is < $4 million in revenue and you are stuck whenever he is not injured with deciding whether to play him or not.
      Playing him is probably not at the stage where that is to big a loss, but you could see 4 years from now it would be.

      You don't need to read Moneyball to know you are better off with a guy out of Akron and $5 million per year extra cash.

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