Atlanta United are walking into Portland on a two-match losing streak and shorthanded on Sunday. Josef Martinez, Greg Garza, and Andrew Carleton will all be unavailable for the trip.
Tata Martino confirmed on Thursday that Martinez and Carleton will not travel for the match against the Portland Timbers. While Martinez has resumed individual training, he has not yet resumed full training with the first team and thus obviously won’t be ready to play.
“Josef [Martinez]’s still not ready to play and Greg Garza’s also dealing with an injury,” Martino said through a translator. “Really it’s been tough for us to put the same lineup out two weeks in a row, but we have a competitive squad no matter who steps on the field.”
Garza revealed that he won’t be traveling with the team either due to precautionary measures relating to the hip injury he’s been carrying.
Garza: "Best for me to take this week off. Just feeling some little pinches. Nothing out of the ordinary." #ATLUTD— Eric Quintana (@EricGQuintana) May 11, 2017
Meanwhile, Carleton has been given some extra days off to rest and recuperate from his time with the United States Under-17 national team where he played in all six of the team’s matches at the CONCACAF Championship. They will return to the team next week.