To add to a string of misfortunes for Pity Martinez since beginning his Atlanta United career, a report from TyC Sports says the attacker suffered a left hamstring injury in Argentina’s 3-1 loss to Venezuela in a friendly on Friday in Madrid.
The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but Martinez will reportedly not participate in Argentina’s second friendly match of the current FIFA international break.
Martinez, who has yet to get himself on the scoresheet for the Five Stripes in competitive play, has hardly stopped playing since his run to a Copa Libertadores title with his former club, River Plate. The Argentine joined Atlanta for preseason just weeks after he finished a long season and participated in the Fifa Club World Cup in December. Since his arrival, Martinez has proven to be one of Frank de Boer’s most trusted players, having played in all seven of the team’s matches in all competitions, six of which were starts.
The silver lining of the injury is that the potential loss of Martinez in the near future theoretically opens the door for Tito Villalba or Andrew Carleton to earn some more playing time.
More to come as the situation develops in the coming days.