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Ex-Notts County striker Rodgers to learn NYRB visa situation soon

Luke Rodgers will soon learn his New York Red Bulls fate as he continues to pursue a new working visa to allow him to play in the USA again.

The 30-year old former Notts County man was granted an initial one-year visa, allowing him to play for the Red Bulls in 2011, but he has been forced to renew his entry permit after a count of assault and a public order offence back in England.

Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe has revealed that Rodgers will meet with the US embassy in London next week to find out more.

"[He has] an appointment on March 8, so we have to wait until the middle of next week and then we'll know," Backe said.

Backe said that if Rodgers, who has had one visa renewal denied due to an unspecified issue, was unsuccessful in obtaining a permit, it would be unlikely that the club would search for a replacement striker.

"We're not doing anything or I don't think we can say that we have any Plan B," Backe added. "I mean we have Thierry [Henry], we have Kenny [Cooper] and [Juan] Agudelo as the strikers. So we just stay quite calm and wait for the answer from the embassy."

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