Reports say that Josef Martinez was subbed out in the 59th minute of tonight’s World Cup qualifier between Venezuela and Peru after sustaining what could be a leg injury.
Not what you want to see if you're Atlanta United. Josef Martinez comes off in 2nd half of Venezuela's game vs Peru bc of injury. #ATLUTD— Franco Panizo (@FrancoPanizo) March 24, 2017
Those who saw the play say he got his foot caught in the turf and came up limping.
@DirtySouthSoc He was limping after his foot got caught in the wet surface while taking a shot. Looked like an inner thigh, muscle injury— Jalen Sowell (@JalenSowell) March 24, 2017
He was substituted just after the play after noticeably limping. As of now it’s said to be a left thigh injury.
This is what the field looked like for the match tonight. Not the most ideal of playing conditions.
the pitch in tonight's Peru v. Venezuela match could probably best be described as 'not good' pic.twitter.com/ydRIomWLMH— petty ruxpin (@neaterguyonline) March 24, 2017
It’s believed that the injury occurred on this play:
This is not what you want to see if you’re Atlanta United supporters. Martinez is the most in-form player in MLS right now, leading the league in goals scored through three matches. However, this is the territory that the international break brings.
Unfortunately we have little to go on but reports. We’ll follow-up as soon as we find out more.
UPDATE: Venezuela manager Dudamel says the injury may only take around 10 days to heal.
Dudamel en zona mixta: "No creo conviente que Josef Martínez viaje a Chile. Esta contractura puede llevar 10 días de recuperación"— Alfredo Coronis A. (@AlfredoCoronis) March 24, 2017
UPDATE #2: Josef is returning to Atlanta for an MRI according to Carlos Bocanegra.