Red Bulls to lose midfielder for three to four weeks.
Australian midfielder Tim Cahill has been ruled out for up to a month with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The injury occurred in the fourth minute of New York Red Bulls’ match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, when challenging for a ball in the midfield against Yordany Alvarez. Alvarez was fortunate to escape with a booking for the tackle which left Cahill on the ground in agony.
After leaving the field for treatment, Cahill was able to return to the pitch after treatment and scored the first goal from a Thierry Henry free kick in the thrilling 4-3 win for the Bulls, but subsequent tests have shown the injury to be more serious, although he will not need surgery.
Cahill has enjoyed an excellent campaign so far, scoring six goals in 19 starts, and was in MLS All-Stars squad to face Roma on Wednesday evening until his injury forced a withdrawal.
He has been replaced by Philadelphia Union forward Jack Mcinerney, who has scored 10 goals in 19 starts this season. The 20 year-old sits fourth in the MLS Golden Boot rankings behind Vancouver Whitecaps’ Camilo Sanvezzo, Chigaco Fire’s Mike Magee, and Montreal Impact’s Marco Di Vaio.