Atlanta United

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez out for 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

Chris Smith
Martinez will be a big loss for Atlanta United.
Martinez will be a big loss for Atlanta United. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez will miss approximately six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee, the club announced Friday.

The Venezuela international has already had previous surgery on the same knee after tearing his ACL in 2020, forcing him to miss the whole of that MLS campaign.

After announcing Martinez had traveled to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for a reexamination on Monday, Atlanta United revealed the player had undergone arthroscopic surgery - a minimally invasive procedure targetting joint problems - to remove debris from his right knee.

Though not his former self, Martinez will still be a huge loss to the Five Stripes having scored 16 goals and assisted another five in 34 matches since returning from his ACL injury at the start of last season. In his absence, Atlanta will look to the likes of Dom Dwyer, Jackson Conway, and new signing Ronaldo Cisneros for goals.

What's more, the club recently announced midfielder Osvaldo Alonso will miss the rest of the 2022 campaign with an ACL tear, while Matheus Rossetto is out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury. They add to an already busy treatment table alongside the likes of Luiz Araujo and Emerson Hyndman.

Atlanta United are third in the Eastern Conference with 10 points from five games ahead of their trip to Charlotte FC on Sunday.

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