June 10, 2019 Kennesaw- Brek Shea, 20, defender for Atlanta United, chests the ball during the first half of a match between Atlanta United and Saint Louis FC at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Atlanta United and Saint Louis were tied 0-0 at the end of the first half. Christina Matacotta/Christina.Matacotta@ajc.com
Photo: Christina R. Matacotta/Christina Matacotta
Photo: Christina R. Matacotta/Christina Matacotta

Brek Shea leaves game at Seattle with apparent knee injury

Manager Frank de Boer said Shea is “quite doubtful” for Wednesday’s game against Houston at Mercedes-Benz  Stadium.

De Boer said Shea turned his ankle, but the speed at which he did so affected his knee.

Shea was attempting to pressure a Seattle player when it appeared that he hyperextended his right knee. He immediately went down, raised his arm and began waving his hand, which is typically a sign made by a player who has suffered an injury.

Shea has 19 appearances, 10 starts, and one assist this season.

Michael Parkhurst came on in the seventh minute with the game tied at zero.

Shea’s injury was the second in the past three games that an Atlanta United player has suffered an injury in the opening minutes of a game. Flo Pogba suffered an injured hamstring in the opening 30 minutes of the game July 7 against New York Red Bulls.

Atlanta United played Seattle without injured standouts Ezequiel Barco, Hector Villalba and Pogba.

De Boer revealed that fullback Mikey Ambrose also has a minor issue with his hamstring but it doesn’t seem probable that he can play Wednesday. Goalkeeper Alec Kann didn’t travel because he has flu-like symptoms.

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