Atlanta United’s Parkhurst says he wants to do what’s best for team

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Atlanta United’s Parkhurst says he wants to do what’s best for team

Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst on Wednesday said he’s progressing but that whether he will play in Thursday’s MLS playoff game against Columbus will come down to how he feels before the game.

“If it wasn’t a playoff game, I would say I wouldn’t be playing,” he said. “I’m going to do my best to make it work. We will see, but I don’t know.”

Parkhurst sustained a twisted knee in the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 33-year-old has started 33 of the team’s 34 games this season. The team has posted 12 shutouts this season.

Parkhurst said he wants to do what’s best for the team. He doesn’t want to risk hurting the team if he’s not able to play at 100 percent or by forcing manager Gerardo Martino to have to use a first-half sub to replace him.

“That’s the balance and what we have to figure out tomorrow,” Parkhurst said.

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