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Petke: Olave's Knee Isn't "As Bad As We Thought"

Mike Petke doesn't think Jamison Olave's injury is serious.

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I don't think there's a Red Bulls fan in the world who didn't hold their breath a bit when Jamison Olave came off in the 33rd minute last night against Sporting Kansas City.

It was later reported he had picked up a knee injury, and while Heath Pearce filled in admirably, losing Olave would've been a blow. Not to mention, all that offensive output.

But, according to Head Coach Mike Petke via MLSsoccer.com's Franco Panzio, "it's not as bad as we thought,"

Petke said after the light session at Montclair State University on Thursday morning. "I believe it's just a hyperextension, sort of, so I'm going to get the final diagnosis [later]. I believe he is getting an MRI just to clarify everything, but I don't think it's bad as we thought."

Petke would not rule the 31-year-old Olave out of Saturday's home game against the New England Revolution, saying it was too early to make a decision on the hulking center back.

"I was told both things - that he would be out or there's a possibility he could play," said Petke. "The MRI is going to tell everything."

Some positive news to be sure.