The rainy, dreary weather conditions currently engulfing the New England area are a fitting backdrop for today’s injury report, which is unfortunately significantly longer than the last list on Friday. However, a resilient Revolution squad still managed a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Santos Laguna on Sunday night, so there’s no question that New England’s depth has already proven itself. Just as it was two nights ago, that depth will be key tomorrow evening against the Kansas City Wizards.
Two players have been added to the injury report since Friday, while two others have been downgraded.
Here is the official New England Revolution injury report for Tuesday, June 23:
DOUBTFUL: Kevin Alston (R hamstring tightness)
OUT: Chris Albright (L lateral meniscus surgery), Gabriel Badilla (bulging disk), Mauricio Castro (L hamstring strain), Shalrie Joseph (R knee cartilage defect), Steve Ralston (R hamstring strain), Taylor Twellman (neck/concussive symptoms)
New to the list are Kevin Alston and Steve Ralston, who both tweaked their right hamstrings during the first half of Sunday night’s victory over Santos Laguna. After recording the first assist of his professional career on Jeff Larentowicz’s opening goal, Alston felt a bit of tightness in his hamstring and was replaced at halftime. Meanwhile, Ralston was taken off immediately following the goal with a right hamstring strain. Alston is listed as “Doubtful” and Ralston is “Out,” and neither player trained in rainy conditions today.
Current leading scorer Shalrie Joseph first appeared on the list as “Questionable” with a right knee sprain on Friday, but after not training last week and not playing on Sunday night against Santos Laguna, he has been downgraded to “Out” with a cartilage defect in his right knee. The basic explanation is that there’s some cartilage missing in Joseph’s right knee which is in turn resulting in some bone bruising, and that’s what’s causing the pain. As previously mentioned in the media, Joseph isn’t expected to play in the group stage of SuperLiga and will get at least a week to recover.
Also affected by bone bruising is Chris Albright, who has been downgraded from “Doubtful” to “Out” after a setback in his recovery from surgery on the lateral meniscus in his left knee. After he was near a full return to health, Albright suffered bone bruising in his left knee and is now expected to miss another month or so.
The lone bright spot on the injury report is the progress of Gabriel Badilla, who is close to a return after months on the sideline with a back injury. Badilla has begun participating in all team activities at training – including full-field scrimmages – and was once again working on agility and sprinting today after training was over.
Taylor Twellman continues to receive treatment at the stadium on an almost-daily basis, but as he still suffers from symptoms relating to last year’s collision with Steve Cronin, he remains day-to-day and is currently unavailable.
Finally, Mauricio Castro has also been receiving treatment on his ailing left hamstring, although he has not been able to train outdoors since suffering his most recent setback.