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Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel saw a nerve specialist on Thursday and the prognosis was a very good one for Angel and for the Red Bulls. An analysis of the Colombian forward’s lower back and hamstring revealed that his injury is, in fact, a nerve-related injury that can be treated with a cortisone shot, and not the left hamstring strain he was first diagnosed with.
Angel has some nerve damage near the lower part of his back that caused spasms that created the feeling of a hamstring strain, but the damage, which is more a form of inflamation, will be treated with a cortisone shot, Red Bulls trainer Rick Guter said on Thursday.
Angel is unlikely to play in Sunday’s match against San Jose, but is expected to receive a cortisone shot soon and is expected to be available for the Toronto FC match next Thursday.
Echeverry sidelined with sprained knee
Colombian striker Oscar Echeverry suffered a strained right lateral collateral ligament in training on Tuesday and is expected to miss four weeks.
Echeverry’s injury, coupled with Angel’s doubtful status for Sunday, means that reserve forward Chris Megaloudis could be the first forward option off the bench, with Jozy Altidore and John Wolyniec expected to start against San Jose.