In the 42nd minute of the New York Red Bulls' latest disappointing away-day, captain Dax McCarty limped off the field. RBNY got out of Chicago with a point, and head coach Jesse Marsch put a brave face on the club's concerns about the captain's health.
FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio reported the first whispers about McCarty's status:
NYRB captain Dax McCarty out 4-6 weeks with tibia fracture, per source. No surgery. Could've been worse, but tough for NYRB.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) August 2, 2016
And that drew an astonishingly quick confirmation from none other than the captain himself:
Update. #RBNY pic.twitter.com/Po58E3J6JA— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) August 2, 2016
That would suggest RBNY won't have its captain back until the middle of September. On the bright side, that's a swift recovery from a broken leg. The words "tibial fracture" don't always see a player expected to return to the field inside two months.
On the less bright side: the captain does have a broken bone, is out for several games, and will return whenever he is fit to return. Four to six weeks, suggests it might be prudent to hope he's back in time for the September 18 game against Toronto FC. But "depending on how fast the bone heals" is a reminder this is not a minor knock.
The Captain is out until further notice.