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Tata Martino: “Greg Garza is out for a long time”

tough news out of training today.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Atlanta United FC Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United left back Greg Garza is set to miss a good portion of the season after having surgery on his injured shoulder. He appeared to be in pain after colliding with a New York Red Bulls player last match, holding his shoulder as he exited. Garza, 26, has dealt with shoulder issues before, missing eight games last season. This season featured a change from his usual LB spot to more of a left wingback role in Tata Martino’s 3-5-2 formation, and in ten games, he has had one goal and three assists.

It’s unknown if Garza will be able to return this season, even if the team were to make the playoffs. Here’s what Tata had to say about the injury.

“Greg had surgery. He’ll be out for a long time. We’re hoping that we’ll have him back by the end of the season”.

It’s a shame for someone like Garza who has done well in his role but continues to get the short end of the stick with injuries.

A number of guys could act as replacements for Garza based on the formation being played. Chris McCann is likely to take the bulk of the minutes, but keep an eye on younger guys like Miles Robinson, Mikey Ambrose and possibly even Jose Hernandez.

Let us know what you think the team will do to replace him down below. Get well soon, Garza.