The New York Red Bulls midfield suffered a tough blow today amid word that Teemu Tainio will miss four to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in training on Thursday.
Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe revealed the details of Tainio's absence on Friday, while also stating that standout defender Wilman Conde will also miss Saturday's match vs. the Columbus Crew.
The absence of those key figures for the Red Bulls will make winning against 2-1 Columbus that much tougher. Tainio was key to the Red Bulls 5-2 win against Montreal, while Conde has been New York's best defender by a wide margin. Their absences will likely mean a central midfield pairing of Rafa Marquez and Dax McCarty, and a centerback tandem of Markus Holgersson and Stephen Keel.