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Petke eyeing bench role for Cahill as NYRB prepare for DC United

New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke suggests Tim Cahill could be used this weekend against DC United.

The Australian midfielder missed last weekend's 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact after sustaining a hamstring injury against Chivas USA on March 30.

Cahill was supposed to be sidelined for up to three weeks but Petke is of the belief that he may be able to play some sort of role at the RFK Stadium on Saturday.

"There's always reason for optimism with Tim," Petketold reporters.

"But I think with only two more sessions to go before the game, if I was a betting man, if anything, he'll be used in a role off the bench or something along that aspect at this point."

The former Everton star missed Red Bulls training on Wednesday but that hasn't stopped Petke from using an optimistic outlook regarding his fitness as he targets a season-first win for his side.

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