United States U23 striker Juan Agudelo reflects on injury

The young forward expects a speedy recovery but his club coach is a bit more cautious.
HARRISON, NJ -- A few days after learning that he had a minor tear of his meniscus, Juan Agudelo spoke briefly about the injury and how long he expects to be out for.

Agudelo admitted that he didn't realize the severity of the injury initially. The forward played in the United States Under-23 match against Cuba and said it happened before he scored in the 6-0 rout.

"I was trying to shield the ball and I tried to stop myself from running and I got pushed a bit and my knee got caught. I just felt a little pop," Agudelo said. "I tried to play through it and as soon as I stopped moving it around it got really sore. I didn't go back in the second half and my coach thought it would be smarter [if the injury was examined]."

Agudelo will have surgery to repair the muscle tear on Monday. The Colombian-born forward expects a speedy recovery.

"It's not like an ACL injury," he said. "I'll return soon, these type of injuries usually heal quickly. I should be back in three to four weeks."

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe was a bit more cautious then his young striker. After the Red Bulls' 4-1 victory over the Rapids, the Swedish coach said Agudelo could be out for at least six weeks.