Atlanta United’s Martinez has surgery on torn ACL

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

Credit: Josef Martinez

Credit: Josef Martinez

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez underwent successful surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee. He posted a picture following the procedure on social media Wednesday.

Martinez suffered the injury in the second half against Nashville in the team’s MLS season opener on Feb. 29.

The surgery was performed at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The surgeons were Freddie Fu, who repaired the torn ACL in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's right knee in 2017, and Volker Musahl. Fu is considered a leading expert on knee reconstruction, one who has pioneered a technique that he feels is better for younger patients and athletes. Musahl is a team physician with U.S. Soccer and the University of Pittsburgh.

Martinez’s rehab will be conducted in Atlanta and overseen by Piedmont Healthcare.

In his post on Instagram, Martinez wrote:  “In the midst of the humanitarian crisis we are all living through, in which more than ever we need to think about and take care of each other, just wanted to share that I'm blessed that my knee surgery today went well. I want to personally thank UPMC in Pittsburgh, doctors Freddie Fu and Volker Musahl (pictured), @atlutd, my teammates and most of all the city of Atlanta for the unconditional support. Also, everyone in Venezuela and around the world for the good wishes and support. God bless and protect us all in these challenging times.”

Martinez is one of the most feared strikers in MLS history with 77 goals in 84 games. He holds several league records, including hat tricks (6).

Atlanta United acquired Martinez from Torino in 2017. After winning the Golden Boot for most goals scored and league MVP in 2018, Martinez and the club agreed on a five-year contract extension before the 2019 season.

Led by Martinez, Atlanta United won the MLS Cup in 2018 and the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup in 2019.

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