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Atlanta United prepare for Philadelphia without Miguel Almiron

“Tata” Martino talks Miguel Almiron’s injury, Greg Garza and Julian Gressel

MLS: Montreal Impact at Atlanta United FC Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

After today’s training session, Atlanta United Manager Gerardo Martino discussed a couple of things with the media, the biggest topic being the injury Miguel Almiron suffered this past weekend.

But before we get into that, United fans will be happy to know that defender Greg Garza is back in training and will be available for tomorrow’s match. Martino said that it will be a game time decision to whether Garza will start or not.

Yesterday, Atlanta United released a press release stating that Almiron will be out for three weeks. Today, Martino said that Almiron was evaluated by doctors during the morning but he hadn’t spoken to them yet. The only thing he could do is confirm the injury and wait and see what the timetable will be for Almiron.

“He’s our main player, he brings control of the ball and explosion in the second half of the field,” Martino said. “He’s a big part of our team and he participates in a lot of aspects, so we’re missing nothing more nothing less than that.”

Gressel said that despite’s Almiron injury, the team will come out with the same intensity and energy tomorrow, as a playoff spot could be clinched.

With Almiron’s injury, many expect Julian Gressel to start in the upcoming matches for the Five Stripes, as he replaced Almiron after the sustained injury.

“(Almiron) is super dissappointed, he’s an important part of the team” Parkhurst said. “We still have a good team, Julian Gressel has played a lot of minutes and played very well. He came in off the bench against Montreal and did fantastic for us. Nothing changes for us but it makes the job a little bit more difficult.”