Recovering Red Bull Sal Zizzo “ahead of schedule;” Zubar still a mystery

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The New York Red Bulls may have a shorter wait than expected for the return of injured midfielder Sal Zizzo — but they continue to wonder what the future holds for Ronald Zubar.

According to team boss Jesse Marsch, the former Portland Timbers winger is making tremendous progress in recovery. In fact, Zizzo may be able to join the club one month ahead of his expected arrival.

“We think he is ahead of schedule. Everyday we check in with him, he feels really good. Maybe the [tibia] fracture isn’t as big as they thought it was and it can heal quicker than they thought.

“Right now, we proceed as if he was on schedule, but the way he is feeling, we are all hoping that maybe he is ahead of schedule.”

The initial diagnosis required an 8-12 week recovery time. But Marsch updates that prognosis, saying he “would put it now, maybe 6-8 weeks.”Zizzo played an integral part in a left midfield platoon system with Long Island native, Mike Grella. However, that compliment came crashing down just prior to the Hudson Derby with Zizzo picking up the knock in training. Since his departure, the onus has fallen on Grella on the left, who continues to make meaningful contributions on the Red Bulls’ attack.Another player whose health prognosis continues to move is Ronald Zubar. Unfortunately for him, the news never seems to be positive. “The specialist came up with some things that were more complicated than we thought,” Marsch explained. “So his time table has been pushed back again, but we hope that we are on top of exactly what the issue is [with his quad].”The 29-year-old French defender has fought both quad and hamstring strains in the early going of the season, and has been missing from the Red Bull roster since appearing for 77 minutes in the club’s opening day match at Sporting KC.

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