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Ronald Zubar will play for NYRB II tonight as part of his rehab

The veteran defender is on his way to playing with the first team again

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Red Bulls II will have a new face joining them for their match against the Charlotte Independence.

Once a Metro has learned that Ronald Zubar will in fact play for the reserve team tonight, Aug. 12, against the Independence. He is expected to play 30 minutes.The game is set for 7:30 pm at Red Bull Arena.

It will be the first competitive action for the Frenchman since June 28, when he started and played the first half of the match against New York City FC. Since signing in January, Zubar has appeared in three matches for the Red Bulls, all starts, only playing 190 competitive minutes in MLS.

Hamstring issues have plagued the central defender, who joined the Red Bulls from AC Ajaccio in Corsica. Zubar started the first game of the season against Sporting Kansas City, and after going down injured would not see game action until June 20. He played 68 minutes that day against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Eight days later he started the first half against NYCFC and has been down again ever since.

In his absence Matt Miazga and Damien Perinelle have manned the central defense for the Red Bulls.