Atlanta United's Josef Martinez set to play vs. NYCFC after injury
Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez is set to be fit for Sunday's match against undefeated New York FC after suffering an injury during training this week.
The Venezuela international jammed his fingers into Argentine defender Gonzalez Pirez's shoulder during a drill on Wednesday, with the club fearing a serious injury after the 24-year-old collapsed to the ground in visible pain.
"It was tough to tell in the moment because he said he had pain in his fingers, his wrist, his arm and in his elbow," manager Tata Martino said on Friday. "So the higher he went up his arm, the more worried we got.
"But in the end, it just ended up being his fingers."
Martinez has been training fully since the injury and Martino joked that he doesn't expect him to miss any time.
"If it's still painful [Sunday], we'll just have to cut off the fingers, and he'll play anyway," Martino said.
On the season, Martinez is tied for the league lead with five goals from five matches.
Despite his prolific start, however, Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan said the club was prepared to cope without him.
"We know that we have many important players on this team and he's not the only important player," Guzan said. "There's a lot more and we've got guys who can step in.
"Part of this business is injuries and you have to deal with it. Luckily for us, it wasn't anything major and he should be good."
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