By Alex Labidou
As if the problems that the Red Bulls were facing at forward weren’t enough, it appears that current starter Mac Kandji will be out for up to three months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot. This is a big blow for the Red Bulls, who only have Juan Pablo Angel and Ibrahim Salou as their current established strikers on the roster. It is very possible that Kandji will be out until after the World Cup break, which doesn’t bode well for a team that already struggles on offense. Hopefully, both of the Red Bulls transfer window signings in Brian Neilsen and Luke Rodgers can pass their current work permit procedures and join the team. Here is the press release from the Red Bulls:
RED BULLS FORWARD MACOUMBA KANDJI TO UNDERGO FOOT SURGERY
SECAUCUS, NJ (April 21, 2010) – Red Bull New York announced that forward Macoumba Kandji will undergo surgery later today to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Levine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Kandji, who suffered the injury in training on Tuesday, April 20, will miss 8-12 weeks.
Kandji started in all four regular season games for New York, scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC on April 3. After signing with the Red Bulls on Sept. 15, 2008, Kandji recorded four goals and five assists in 2009.