Revs' Joseph to miss more time

Right hip flexor strain sidelines New England star against Quakes

New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph will miss Saturday
night's visit to San Jose with a right hip flexor strain.

Joseph missed the first two matches of the season with the
same injury and aggravated the existing knock during last Saturday's 4-1
victory over Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.

After watching Joseph spend the week doing recovery work
instead of training with the first team, New England coach Steve Nicol said the
influential midfielder wouldn't accompany the Revs as they traveled to the Bay
Area on Thursday.

“We're not going to take a chance on him,” Nicol told
MLSsoccer.com on Thursday morning.

With Joseph set to miss out for the third time in four
games, the Revolution will face increased pressure to keep the ball against the
Earthquakes. Joseph serves as the touchstone in the center of the park and
fuels his side's ability to connect through midfield. In the two matches Joseph
has missed this season, New England has struggled to possess the ball
consistently.

Although Joseph plays an integral role in how the Revolution
want to play, New England defender Cory Gibbs said the Revs have shown they can
produce results – including a 2-0 victory at D.C. United  earlier this month – without Joseph in the
lineup.

“Shalrie's a big dimension of our team and of our style of
play,” Gibbs said. “It affects our style a bit, but we have players ready to
step in who can fill the role and who have done well, as we saw in D.C.”

Pat Phelan will likely replace Joseph in the starting XI
after dropping to the bench to accommodate the veteran midfielder's return
against TFC.