Atlanta United’s Andrew Gutman out 8-12 weeks

Atlanta United defender Andrew Gutman will miss approximately 8 to 12 weeks after sustaining an injury to his left quadriceps tendon, the team announced Monday.

According to Atlanta United, Gutman was injured during the 2-2 draw against Nashville SC on Saturday. Gutman sat down on the turf just before halftime of the match. Manager Gonzalo Pineda said he thought Gutman suffered a quad or hip injury at the time. He was kicked earlier in the game. Gutman was replaced by Ronald Hernandez for the second half.

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Gutman suffered a shoulder injury when the team played at Nashville in the U.S. Open Cup last week.

Gutman has appeared in all 12 matches for Atlanta United, all starts, and played 998 minutes. He does not have a goal or an assist but has 15 shots, six on target.

Atlanta United (4-4-4, 16 points) hosts Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

In Gutman’s absence, the team can use either Brooks Lennon or Caleb Wiley at left back. Wiley hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury two weeks ago. He was listed as questionable on the injury report for last week’s game at Nashville.

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Gutman’s injury is another in a long line of injuries suffered by the club’s players this season. Four players, midfielder Ozzie Alonso (ACL), goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Achilles), goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira (Achilles) and centerback Miles Robinson (Achilles) are out for the season. Others, including Marcelino Moreno, Santiago Sosa, Franco Ibarra and Machop Chol, have missed weeks because of various injuries.

Pineda has defended the team’s medical personnel, saying that everything gets examined and measured after every injury to see if there is a commonality. He has said the rash of injuries appears to be just bad luck.