Atlanta United midfielder Jeff Larentowicz said he hopes to participate with the team in training in Florida next week and see his first minutes in the second exhibition game Jan. 29.
Larentowicz underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to clean out cartilage Dec. 27. He ran Tuesday at the team’s training ground in Marietta.
Larentowicz, 36, said he underwent rehab and tried injections on the knee during the final five months of the season.
“On vacation before Christmas and doing math in my head and I had to pull the trigger,” he said.
Larentowicz underwent the same procedure on his right knee in January 2010.
Larentowicz signed with the club during the offseason as a free agent. The 2020 season will be his fourth with the team. He appeared in 27 games last season with 15 starts. He has 418 appearances in MLS in his career.
“I wanted it to work out,” he said in December. “I wanted it to be right. I also spent a long time trying to get free agency in the league. I wouldn’t have done myself any service by not listening to what was out there. I let it play out.
“The willingness by Atlanta United was always there to keep me. I really appreciate it. I couldn’t be happier to be here for next season.”
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