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Atlanta United midfielder Osvaldo Alonso undergoes 'successful' surgery on ACL

Chris Smith
Alonso managed just four appearances for Atlanta United before tearing his ACL.
Alonso managed just four appearances for Atlanta United before tearing his ACL. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has undergone 'successful knee surgery' to repair a torn ACL, the club announced Thursday.

The 36-year-old MLS veteran joined the Five Stripes from Minnesota United in the offseason, adding some much-needed leadership and bite to Gonzalo Pineda's midfield.

In four starts, Alonso has notched the highest pass completion rate (88.3%) of any Atlanta United player, while he's third on the team for pressures (60), providing energy and precision beyond his years.

But the 17-time Cuba international went down in the 62nd minute of Atlanta United's recent 1-0 win away at DC United. After the match, it was confirmed the midfielder had torn his ACL and has since undergone surgery.

"Atlanta United announce that Ozzie Alonso underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee," read an official club press release. "Alonso suffered the injury in Atlanta’s win at D.C. United on April 2. He will begin his rehabilitation process and his recovery will dictate his return to play."

Alonso's injury adds to a growing list of fitness concerns for Pineda, who has been forced to cope without star forwards Josef Martinez and Luiz Araujo, as well as the likes of Emerson Hyndman and Matheus Rossetto in midfield.

The Five Stripes lost 1-0 away at southern rivals Charlotte FC last time out and host FC Cincinnati on Saturday.