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LAMAR HUNT/U.S. OPEN CUP

July 15, 2015
GIVING THE WALKING BOOT THE BOOT
Marsch encouraged by Chris Duvall's quick recovery, which is faster than Red Bulls thought


Chris Duvall could be back for the Red Bulls sooner than expected.
Chris Duvall could be back for the Red Bulls sooner than expected.
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By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor

HANOVER, N.J. – Chris Duvall might still be injured, the Red Bulls right back suffered a serious right knee injury two weeks again in a Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup win over the Cosmos, but there are signs that the healing process is doing quite nicely.

On Wednesday, Duvall was on the sidelines as he watched his teammates practice. The walking boot he wore last week was gone and he wore regular running sneakers. His limp was helped by a crutch that was tucked under his right arm. But it was far less noticeable then a week ago when he gingerly moved around.

That he was already out of a walking boot is a sign that Duvall's recent surgery has taken well. Head coach Jesse Marsch noted Wednesday that “we're certainly counting down the days” when his right back will return. Duvall has settled in well this year for the Red Bulls after an up and down rookie campaign in 2014.

“We hope that he's proceeding faster than anticipated," Marsch said. "Yeah, the fact that he's been able to move around pretty effectively without the boot gives us all a lot of optimism. It's just important that he takes the right process so that we're not getting ahead of ourselves.”

Originally, the club feared that Duvall might be out four-to-six months, although time new time frame for his return has been established.

Marsch praised Connor Lade as someone “who has done a good job for us” as he's filled in for Duvall in the Starting XI.
 
   
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