International duty has reared its ugly head once again. Atlanta United announced Thursday that Ezequiel Barco will miss 3-4 weeks with tendinitis in his right knee. According to TyC Sports, Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco reportedly suffered an apparent right knee injury Wednesday while training with the Argentina U-20 team, ending his chance to take part in the final round of qualifying for the U-20 World Cup later this month.
Cambio en la lista de la Selección Argentina para el Sudamericano Sub 20.https://t.co/IbHn6UKTYV— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) January 2, 2019
The Argentine outlet called it “an insertional pathology of the patellar tendon,” and while I have no idea what that means specifically, the injury seems to be an issue with the patellar tendon. With Argentina’s U-20 matches coming in only three weeks, it makes sense that they’d shut him down.
Barco posted a cryptic Instagram update after reports of the injury were revealed Wednesday. Make of it what you will.
The team begins training camp the week of January 14. Atlanta United’s first competitive match is on February 21 against CS Herediano in the Concacaf Champions League. The team’s first MLS match is March 3 against D.C. United at Audi Field.