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June 16, 2015
Lloyd Sam suffers ankle, groin injuries in win

Lloyd Sam was replaced by Dane Richards in the 24th minute after he suffered ankle and groin injuries.
Lloyd Sam was replaced by Dane Richards in the 24th minute after he suffered ankle and groin injuries.
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HARRISON, N.J. -- In a game in which the Red Bulls had in hand quite early, not everything went rosy for the home side in its 3-0 triumph over the Atlanta Silverbacks in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night.

Midfielder Sam Lloyd, who sparked the Red Bulls with the first goal of the match in the seventh minute at Red Bull Arena, suffered ankle and groin injuries and was forced from the encounter in the 24th minute. Simon Mensing received a yellow card for the hard challenge.

"He got wacked and his ankle turned a bit and at the same time it tweaked his groin a little bit too because it threw his leg out," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "He thinks that they are both fairly minor. We will address where he is at, it is day to day."

Dane Richards replaced Sam.

It was not immediately known if Sam would be available for Saturday's home game against the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m. ET Saturday

"If you take the field ever being afraid of getting injuries then you are going to put yourself in a position to get injuries and you are never going to compete for anything," Marsch said. "This is part of our world, we think that Lloyd will be fine. We think it is a minor injury but we will continue to address it day to day here as we go. We are hopeful that he will be able to recover and hopefully be ready for Saturday."

Of course, everything is relative.

Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles thought Sam's injuries could have been worse, much worse.

I'm actually relieved because from my vantage point I thought it was his Achilles, which is always tricky any time you're dealing with a tendon," he said. "But to come in here and hear it was his groin, sure that's a sensitive area, but it's a lot less tricky than a tendon. Obviously we would hate to lose him because he's very important to our offense, but look at Dane today, he had some chances, he was threatening, and now we just need him to find the back of the net."
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