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NYRB prepare for Montreal without Cahill, Eckersley

New York Red Bulls will go into this weekend's MLS clash with Montreal Impact without two key players.

Australian midfielder Tim Cahill will miss a few weeks with a hamstring strain while English defender Richard Eckerlsey could be sidelined for up to a month after injuring his ankle.

Both players were withdrawn from the weekend's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA and will certainly miss Saturday's home fixture with the Impact.

"I'd hope to have [Cahill] back in two weeks. But for now, it seems that he'll be out this weekend with a hamstring strain," said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.

"The conversations that I've had with the medical department is that it is not a tear."

As for Eckersley, who joined from Toronto FC in the off-season, his ankle was 'swollen like a baseball' and he is expected back by the end of April.

New York currently sits eighth on the Eastern Conference table with a record of three draws and one loss from their four MLS outings so far this season.

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