New York Red Bulls defender Wilman Conde could be sidelined for up to a month with an aggravation of the groin pull which has kept him out of three of the first five matches of the 2012 MLS season (via Red Bulls).
The latest setback for Conde, who missed 10 months due to an ankle injury last season, occurred during Thursday's scrimmage at Red Bull Arena ahead of Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe said about Conde's injury:
"It's not good," Backe told reporters following Thursday's training session. "Perhaps we should have expected it, because being out 10 months, no preseason, typical for a guy his age to pick up hamstrings, thighs, groins. I'm a little bit afraid that it will keep going like this the rest of the season."
As the Red Bulls have undoubtedly been looking for a striker in the transfer market to replace Luke Rodgers whose visa was denied, finding a defender at the end of the current window (April 15) seems highly unlikely.
The Colombian center back has one assist in two matches this season.