Heber waits to replace Talles Magno. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Almost a year since injuring his knee, Heber returned to action Tuesday night.

The Brazilian striker played the final nine minutes of New York City FC’s 3-3 home draw with FC Dallas at Red Bull Arena.

He didn’t make an impact, but it was the first time Heber played since he competed in the final 30 minutes of City’s 1-0 loss to Toronto FC Sept. 23, 2020.

“It’s good to have him back and get his first minutes,” NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said. “Of course, he needs to get consistent in training and also in games to get up his best level but to know that to have a player like Heber. That’s going to improve over time.

“It’s like a new player for us and something we can really look forward to, to see in the in the games coming up now. There are many games left and hopefully we have a clever way of him coming on as well. So, we just have to keep on building.”

Heber replaced Talles Magno in the 81st minute.

“I have nothing but great things to say about Heber,” Magno said. “Extremely professional athlete and person. He’s been a mentor to me and has helped me adapt to the city and the league. I am very happy and everyone on the team is very happy that he is back.”

The 30-year-old Heber enjoyed a sensation debut season for NYCFC in 2019, connecting for 15 goals and four assists in 22 matches. He dropped to a goal and two assists over 12 matches in 2020.

He replaced Talles Magno in the 81st minute.

“I have nothing but great things to say about Heber,” Magno said. “Extremely professional athlete and person. He’s been a mentor to me and has helped me adapt to the city and the league. I am very happy and everyone on the team is very happy that he is back.”