The New York Red Bulls' injury crisis is far more acute on the back line than up front. Nonetheless, Bradley Wright-Phillips did limp out of RBNY's last game against LA Galaxy, and the initial report on his status was, effectively, "not sure".
BWP has had a scan of the knock that forced him off the field at the weekend, and the results are...well, they are in, though Jesse Marsch seems uncertain what to make of them. The RBNY head coach told Big Apple Soccer:
It said a significant bone bruise. We’re hopeful that whatever significant means that we’ll be ready to go.
Fortunately, the Red Bulls do have decent options to fill BWP's spot up front. Gonzalo Veron has just delivered arguably his best back-to-back performances since he joined the team. He was named to CONCACAF's Team-of-the-Round for his work in RBNY's opening CCL match. And he scored against LA in his last outing.
And there are two newly-signed attacking players on the roster. Both are reported to still have visa paperwork to be resolved, but Big Apple Soccer suggests Omer Damari - a forward with the sort of high-scoring history that teases he might have BWP-esque productivity in his future for RBNY - has a shot at being available for the game against Montreal.
The new arrivals suggest younger options Anatole Abang and Brandon Allen will spend the rest of the season working on their development in the reserves. But NYRB II plays on August 12, so the lineup for that game against Orlando City B will reveal whether any fringe players are being considered for a contribution to the MLS campaign on August 13.
Marsch does have to marshal his resources carefully for the upcoming week. After Montreal's visit, the team must travel to El Salvador to play Alianza in CONCACAF Champions League on August 16. And then it heads to DC for another MLS match on August 21.
With Veron in the best form he's showed for RBNY to date, a couple of able-bodied reserves on call, and Damari's visa application seemingly close to being authorized: a rest for the shaken-but-not-stirred BWP might be the best option this weekend, regardless of how the striker is feeling.