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Atlanta United’s Michael Parkhurst out ‘a couple of weeks’ with dislocated shoulder

Parkhurst sustained the injury during second-half stoppage time of Atlanta’s playoff win over the New England Revolution.

Oct 19, 2019; Atlanta , GA, USA; Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst (3) sits injured on the pitch against the New England Revolution during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 19, 2019; Atlanta , GA, USA; Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst (3) sits injured on the pitch against the New England Revolution during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

ATLANTA — Michael Parkhurst dislocated his shoulder in the waning moments of Atlanta United’s 1-0 MLS Cup playoff win over the New England Revolution Saturday afternoon. Manager Frank de Boer expects Parkhurst to be out of action for “a couple of weeks.”

During second-half stoppage time, Parkhurst collided with New England forward Cristian Penilla and immediately went down in pain. De Boer said Atlanta’s medical staff was unable to pop the shoulder back into socket.

“The shoulder popped out and dislocated, but the worst thing is it wouldn’t go back in,” de Boer told reporters. “So he was still in the locker room with his shoulder out, and he had a lot of pain. He went in the ambulance with his shoulder still out, so you can imagine how painful that is.”

Parkhurst, who announced his impending retirement last month, started Saturday in place of the Miles Robinson, who suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with the U.S. men’s national team. Atlanta now has Leandro González-Pírez, Franco Escobar and Florentin Pogba available as healthy center backs. Jeff Larentowicz has played as a center back at times, but he performed well Saturday in the Five Stripes’ midfield.

De Boer will have difficult decisions regarding formation and lineup ahead of Thursday’s Eastern Conference semifinal against either the Philadelphia Union or New York Red Bulls

“We’re going to enjoy this victory, but tomorrow we’re going to have the result of the other game, who we’re going to play against, and I’m going to make my decisions on who’s going to play,” the manager said. “But it’s quite thin up there right now.”

Correction: Parkhurst sustained a dislocated, not separated, shoulder.

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