At the start of October it seemed like it would be yet another rough year watching the New York Red Bulls stretch their depth thin heading into the playoffs. Not this time though.
On the heels of Ronald Zubar and Omer Damari demonstrating their match fitness, the Red Bulls will see the last injury-afflicted, prospective playoff starter report for on-field duty. Attacker Daniel Royer has been tipped to rejoin the squad for the start of the playoffs.
According to NewYorkRedbulls.com's Andrew Vazzano, head coach Jesse Marsch said on Wednesday that the Austrian attacker will be "ready for the weekend" and is getting "closer and closer to 100%" after sustaining an injury in September that threatened to sideline him for over a month.
"He's going to be ready for the weekend," Marsch said on Wednesday. "He's getting closer and closer to 100 percent, so we're excited for that."
Royer was acquired on August 3, 2016 in a summer transfer from FC Midtjylland. Gameplay has been hard to come by for the 26-year-old Austrian attacker, making six appearances and three starts. He made his debut goal for the Red Bulls last month in a 1-0 home victory against Montreal Impact - the Red Bulls' newly minted opponent in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He scored a header off a cross from Chris Duvall in the 60th minute to seal the win for the Red Bulls and clinch their spot in the playoffs.