RBNY Injury Report: Updates on Zubar, Baah, and Veron

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

The New York Red Bulls continue to move closer to a full roster ahead of Wednesday’s home match vs the Chicago Fire.

Ronald Zubar, who sat out Friday’s disappointing loss with a groin strain, is now listed day-to-day, and may be available for the midweek clash with Chicago.

“He just picked up a little something in his groin. We had him out on the field today and he looked good. He’s potentially available for Wednesday, but he’s day-to-day. He trained all week and picked up something on Thursday so we had to scramble last minute and make some adjustments,” New York head coach Jesse Marsch stated after training on Monday.

Fellow defender Gideon Baah also may be available for Wednesday’s match according to Marsch. Baah suffered a hamstring injury in the Red Bulls’ first win of the season, and has missed the last two months as he recovers.

“[Baah] has become more of a factor. We’re just trying to get him a little bit more up to speed, a little more fit, and a little bit clearer; he’s gotten better every day,” Marsch said. “With Gideon, we chose not to throw him into [Friday’s] game right away, but he would become an option for Wednesday if Ronald is not ready.”

On the attacking front, Gonzalo Veron played 57 solid minutes in his first start since also suffering a hamstring injury against Houston on March 19th. He was regularly the most dangerous player on the field. While that didn’t amount to much on the boxscore, Veron’s progress is a positive sign as he gets back to full fitness.

“We thought that we could gain certain advantages by having Gonzalo on the field and being dangerous and putting their backline on their heels, but we really didn’t even get a grasp on the game to start to test that,” Marsch explained. “That being said, he was still quite dangerous a few times in the first half. Overall, it’s a hard one to judge because we were flat as a team and he wasn’t at his best either.

“Going forward, we know that Gonzalo will be a dangerous guy and an important guy,” Marsch continued. “We just need to figure out ways to use him that benefit him and the team.”