Zubar set for Red Bulls return vs. New York City FC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ronald Zubar is ready to return to action for the New York Red Bulls.

No, really this time.

The 29-year-old Frenchman has been out of action since picking up a hamstring injury in the 77th minute of the team’s season opener against Sporting Kansas City. Since then, Zubar has slowly worked his way back to fitness, and has repeatedly been reported to return to action.

This time, it seems like a realistic possibility.

“The last two weeks, I have been feeling good. Now I am back in full training and looking forward to get back on the field the next game,” Zubar tells EoS. “We will see how we go this week. Jesse [Marsch] is good, he managed me very well, making sure I am back in training the full week — not just for one game.

“We will try to make sure this weekend I am at full fitness and ready for this weekend.”

Zubar has always been a major part of the Red Bulls’ plans on defense. In the eyes of Marsch and Sporting Director Ali Curtis, the former Wolverhampton centerback is the heir apparent to MLS All-Star defender, Jamison Olave. Despite his absence, the team has fared fantastically with the young Matt Miazga aligning with Damien Perrinelle at centerback — a combination that greatly contributed to the Red Bulls’ two-month unbeaten run.

Despite his absence, Marsch has steadfastly proclaimed that, upon his full recovery, Zubar would once again inherit his starting role. According to a team source, a healthy Zubar would likely supplant Miazga in the middle — and it looks like that change will happen this weekend.

“[Marsch] knows me. I am the guy that gives everything all the time,” Zubar explained. “I am a winner. Everything I do is to make sure I win all the time and I try to give that to my partners.

“[The Technical Staff] have been good to me from the first day and I am just looking forward to my first game.”

That first game can be this weekend, with the eyes of a nation focused on the first ever MLS New York City derby. If Marsch gives him the starting nod, Zubar hopes to give back to a team that has patiently waited for their star defender to return to action.

“It’s been hard for me, for everybody. They bought me here to play. When you don’t play, you badly want to get back to the team to help your teammates,” Zubar said. “Jesse, everyone in the staff have supported me from day one and I don’t want to let anyone down.”

  • He will get injured again…he is the reincarnation of Olave

  • slowleftarm

    Well this still hasn’t happened. Now that Miazga is suspended for Friday and then is away at the U-20 WC, will Zubar finally return?