Red Bulls Injury Updates: Lawrence, Royer ready, Zubar questionable

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls have reinforcements on the way for leg two of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Daniel Royer and Kemar Lawrence should be available for selection on Sunday afternoon. Both players have been battling injuries with Lawrence suffering a hamstring strain near the 90th minute in Montreal.

“Kemar is taking an extra day but he should be in training tomorrow. Royer will be available for the weekend,” said Jesse Marsch at Wednesday’s training. “All of those guys, I think, are on track to be available.”

Daniel Royer has been out for more than a month following a hamstring injury — just as he was being integrated into the team. His absence has left an opening for Mike Grella to reclaim the starting job, but Royer’s return could change that quickly for the Long Island native.

Ronald Zubar is a bit of a different story. The start-and-stop defender appears to have hit a wall on his return to the field as doctors wanted more treatment for his current groin injury.

“They wound up feeling like they wanted to treat his groin,” said Marsch about Zubar’s delay. “Give it a little rest. It’s taken more time than any of us thought it would. So, we’ll see.”

Zubar’s absence means that Collin and Perrinelle will more than likely man the backline for New York on Sunday afternoon. The two have been effective. However, Marsch certainly appears to have preferred having all of his options available ahead of the weekend. New York also has USL Defender of the Year Aaron Long to pull from should the need for another centerback option arises.

 


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