March 5, 2017, Atlanta: Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez soars to the ball over a N.Y. Red Bulls player during the second half on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Injury update on Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez

Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez is listed as day-to-day after suffering a hip contusion is the season opener Saturday.

Gonzalez Pirez did not train on Tuesday, the team’s first workout since the 4-0 loss to Houston Dynamo.

His availability for Sunday’s home opener is to be determined.

The injury occurred when Gonzalez Pirez threw himself in front of Alberth Elis to stop another Dynamo counter-attack. It appeared that Elis’ knee hit Gonzalez Pirez in his right hip. 

After grabbing his hip, he sat on the pitch. The trainers examined him. He came back into the game. A few minutes later, after sliding to kick away a ball in the penalty box, he stayed on ground.

He was replaced by Michael Parkhurst.

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