Trouble is brewing for Atlanta United as a fresh wave of injuries impacts the roster.
Star player Josef Martinez may be back on the sidelines after having traveled to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a reexamination of his right knee. The player expressed recent discomfort after five consecutive matches for the Eastern Conference side. The news comes two years after he tore his right ACL that forced him to watch Atlanta’s entire 2020 campaign from the bench.
The club will continue to provide updates on Martinez’s status upon review of results from UPMC doctors.
On the other end of the pitch, defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is out for the season after suffering an ACL tear to his left knee during Atlanta’s 1-0 victory over D.C. United. Alonso's recovery timeline is to be determined, but is not expected on the pitch in the near future.
Additionally, the team announced midfielder Matheus Rossetto will miss two to four weeks with a left hamstring injury.
Atlanta United currently sits in third place on the Eastern Conference table with 10 points in five games and a record of 3-1-1. The pressure is on for Gonzalo Pineda, leading Atlanta United through his first complete season.