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Josef Martinez suffers torn ACL against Nashville

A bitter note to an opening night win.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Nashville SC The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Update 3/1: Atlanta United have confirmed that Josef Martinez suffered a torn ACL in the win against Nashville. The injury will require surgery and keep him out of action for the majority, if not all of the 2020 season.

Atlanta United’s opening night 2-1 win over Nashville SC has been clouded by the worrisome departure of Josef Martinez late in the match. The former MLS MVP was carted off the field about 20 minutes from full-time with what appeared to be a knee injury.

Josef initially went down after a tussle with a Nashville defender, but returned to play for a few minutes before collapsing on the field in anguish and asking for a substitution. After the match, it was said that the Venezuelan would need to be evaluated at a hospital at a later date to determine the severity. He reportedly supported an air cast on his leg and needed the assistance of a cart while leaving the stadium.

Manager Frank de Boer told the media after the match that the injury didn’t look very good but nothing was certain until he could be properly evaluated by doctors. He did confirm that it appeared to be a injury to the striker’s knee.

It goes without saying that whatever time Josef were to miss would affect the team greatly. We’ll update his status as soon as news comes out.