Atlanta United will be without one of their utility players to start the 2021 season. The club announced on Tuesday evening that midfielder Mo Adams underwent successful sports hernia surgery and will be out for 4-6 weeks.
With the Five Stripes set to open their slate of matches on April 6 in Costa Rica against Alajuelense in Concacaf Champions League action, it’s likely Adams will miss some action to begin the season.
The versatile midfielder came on strong at the end of a very rough 2020, emerging as the team’s primary holding midfielder under Stephen Glass. His ability to play several different roles in the middle of the field along with being able to play as a full back is a useful trait to have. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to work from behind once he recovers from his surgery after missing the majority of preseason.
The club acquired several midfield options during the offseason so options are plentiful in those positions. However with such jam-packed schedule ahead, the team will need all the depth it can get. Once Adams is back and fit he should see the field somewhat regularly under Gabriel Heinze.