Red Bulls Notes: Plewa Returns From Stroke

Defender Kemar Lawrence was called up to the Jamaican National Team for their World Cup qualifiers next week. The right back has been a regular on Jamaica’s backline over the past two years, including the Copa America.

Lawrence’s departure, albeit brief, creates some headaches for Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch. The Red Bulls have suffered a staggering amount of injuries in the back this year. Gideon Baah and Connor Lade have been ruled out for the season, while Damien Perrinelle is working his way back from an ankle injury.

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The aforementioned Damien Perrinelle may be able to contribute to the Red Bulls’ match on Sunday afternoon. Both he and Dax McCarty, who’s nursing a broken leg, have been practicing throughout the week, and seem to be ahead of schedule in their rehabs.

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In what is arguably the best news the Red Bulls have received all season, Konrad Plewa is back practicing with their USL affiliate, New York Red Bulls II. Plewa suffered a stroke earlier this summer, and has been sidelined since. It’s always great to see a player stare down adversity and come out better for it. Unfortunately, the 24-year-old’s form of adversity was life-threatening. Everyone at Metro Soccer Nation wishes him nothing but health and successes for the remainder of his life.
Photo courtesy of Matt Kremkau, Empire of Soccer