New York Red Bulls centerback Markus Holgersson will miss Sunday's match against D.C. United with a left ankle sprain, Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe revealed on Saturday.
Holgersson suffered the injury late in the Red Bulls' 1-1 draw vs. Vancouver on Wednesday. His absence will likely mean a Red Bulls centerback tandem of Wilman Conde and Heath Pearce, though Conde is dealing with what Backe is calling muscle tightness. If Conde were unable to play on Sunday, the Red Bulls would have to turn to Stephen Keel.
Holgersson's absence might be a blessing in disguise considering how awful he was against D.C. United the last time these teams met. He was beaten badly on two goals in D.C. United's 4-1 thrashing of the Red Bulls on April 22nd, but Holgersson has improved since that shocking outing and has been a more consistent presence in central defense for the Red Bulls.
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