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Atlanta United’s Mikey Ambrose out 3-5 weeks. Franco Escobar, Pity Martinez resume training

Jun 24, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United defender Mikey Ambrose (22) against the Portland Timbers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports)

MARIETTA, Ga. — Atlanta United fullback Mikey Ambrose injured his right meniscus in training last Friday and will miss three-to-five weeks, the club announced Tuesday. Ambrose tore the same tendon last August and missed the remainder of the Five Stripes’ season.

A club official calls the new injury a “slight tear.”

Forward Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez resumed training with the first team this week after injuring his hamstring in a friendly with the Argentina men’s national team on March 22. Franco Escobar also is back in training after straining an abductor during the 2-0 loss at the Columbus Crew on March 30. That was Escobar’s first appearance for Atlanta in 2019. The fullback broke his collarbone on the first day of preseason camp.

Midfielder Kevin Kratz remains out with a calf injury. 

Ambrose has appeared twice in MLS play this season, starting at left fullback against Columbus and at right wingback in the 2-0 defeat at D.C. United on March 3. Ambrose also started at right wingback in a 3-0 loss at Monterrey on March 7, in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.

Brek Shea, who signed with Atlanta as a free agent in the offseason, is an option to fill in for Ambrose in the near term. George Bello, the 17-year-old homegrown talent, has been sidelined with a groin injury and has not played with the first team since the 3-1 defeat at Herediano in the Champions League opener on February 21. Bello may be nearing a return. He resumed individual training this week.

After a week off, the Atlanta travels to meet the New England Revolution this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The defending MLS Cup champions (0-2-2, 2 points) will attempt to secure their first league victory of the 2019 season.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect George Bello resumed individual training, but has not returned to full team training.




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