- Last Updated: 7:01 AM, July 8, 2012
- Posted: 2:15 AM, July 8, 2012
The short-handed Red Bulls head into New England on a 17-game winless skid at Gillette Stadium. And if they finally are to earn a road victory against the Revolution tonight (7 p.m., MSG Plus), they’re going to have to do it with an injury-riddled lineup.
Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez will miss tonight’s game, while Jan Gunnar Solli also has been ruled out after a scan on his injured right hamstring.
The Red Bulls already were missing Teemu Tainio, Heath Pearce and Markus Holgersson for the match at Gillette, where they haven’t won since 2002.
Henry hasn’t been fully healthy since his last game against these same Revolution, limping off after just 24 minutes on April 28. He missed nearly a month, but has been fighting knee woes and rarely plays on artificial turf anyway, so his missing this trip is hardly a surprise.
Marquez had been a late decision by head coach Hans Backe, but the Mexican National Team standout has been ruled out with a calf injury. Either Stephen Keel or young Tyler Ruthven will start in central defense alongside Wilman Conde, with Pearce and Holgersson both injured.
Backe said Pearce is expected to miss two weeks, but hoped Holgersson could return when the Red Bulls host Seattle next weekend, starting a string of three games in a week. Solli will miss the New England game as well.
“The problem we have had the whole season is that we’re missing too many players,’’ Backe said. “I don’t think we’ve played a game with the same players two games in a row. We always have to sub players but hopefully, hopefully, it is still 17 games to go that when we go into August, September we have all the guys fresh and fitness-wise well.’’Follow @NYPostsports