Posted on October 2, 2012
By Kristian R. Dyer
TropiGol.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – A lower back injury suffered in training last week kept New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette out of Saturday’s 4-1 win over Toronto. This Saturday’s game against Chicago, however, could see Gaudette again starting for the Red Bulls.
Tuesday, Gaudette returned to the training field at Montclair State University with an eye towards the crucial Eastern Conference clash against the Chicago Fire. He will likely be listed as questionable for Saturday’s game but there is a very real possibility that he can and will play. Coach Hans Backe said that “I think he could be available for Saturday, I would guess.”
“I feel pretty good right now,” Gaudette said. “It was limited today but that’s what you have to do coming off injury. It’s not back there full force. It reacted all weekend the way the training staff wanted to, [I] put in hours of work here.”
“The most important thing is to be healed and not have it linger on for the rest of the season. We’re taking the right steps but this was a positive step. We have a few more steps to get back to 100 percent but I’m very happy how it responded today.”
Backe said that Luis Roble, who started in place of Gaudette on Saturday, is “definitely knocking on the door now” and that “it is very even between these two guys now.”
The current regimen for Gaudette includes massage, acupuncture, manual massage, stimulation and the like. He said that the Red Bulls training staff has been peppered with text messages from him when he goes home at night, wondering what else he can do in his treatment.
He said that the rehab – “It’s always on schedule, just whose schedule it’s on” and that at this point, it is about increasing his workload.
With the international window coming next week and Gaudette a fixture with Puerto Rico’s national side, he was uncertain if he will make another international appearance or not, especially with the lower back injury.
“We’re going to leave that one undecided right now. I’ve always said that New York is most important to me, this is my club, this is who I work for on a daily basis,” Gaudette said. “That decision is going to come down the line.”
Photo: Bill Gaudette is doing everything he can to recuperate from his lower back injury. Keith Furman/Front Row Photos
Categories: Caribbean, Puerto Rico
Tags: Bill Gaudette, Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls