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If the New York Red Bulls are to be the first ones to defeat the Montreal Impact this season, they will do so without star striker Thierry Henry.

Henry has been ruled out for this Saturday's match with an MCL sprain in his left knee, one that he suffered at the end of the Red Bulls' match against rival D.C. United last Saturday. The Red Bulls announced that while Henry's injury is not considered to be serious, they would not risk him against the 3-0-0 Impact on the Olympic Stadium artificial turf. New signing Peguy Luyindula is a candidate to fill Henry's role alongside Fabian Espindola.

“Thierry’s someone who always wants to play,” Red Bulls coach Mike Petke told reporters on a Tuesday conference call. “This is a little setback with Thierry and his knee, but it shouldn’t be too serious."

Petke also said that Henry might have been left out regardless, given his injury history combined with the fact that the game would be played on an artificial surface. The Red Bulls will also be without their other Designated Player, Tim Cahill, who will be on international duty with Australia, and left back Roy Miller, who will be on duty with Costa Rica.

The next match in which Henry may play is in 11 days, when the Red Bulls face the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. Henry has yet to score during the 2013 MLS season after a 15-goal, 12-assist campaign in 2012.

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