Martinez is slowly making his comeback, and we couldn’t be more excited for a player to return to play than we are now.
After suffering a torn ACL in the first game of the season, Josef Martinez saw his MLS run end before it even began. It was a difficult moment for the fans and the club because Martinez is a crucial player on the team. He makes the team better when he plays and his impact has a direct correlation to Atlanta United’s success. In hindsight, Martinez’s injury foreshadowed what was to come for the rest of the season.
The team’s performance without Martinez showed exactly what the Venezuelan striker brings to the team. His presence elevates his teammates’ level of performance, and his desire to score helps his team win games. There were times this season when fans begged for a moment of brilliance or a moment of magic from one of the players. Had Josef Martinez been on the team, it would have been a completely different story. It was a tough season to watch for fans. After all, the Atlanta United fans aren’t used to seeing the team lose.
The bigger picture looked beyond the possibility of Martinez returning mid-season. The fear was whether he could recover from his injury completely or not. Fans also wondered that if Martinez did return, would he be able to maintain his elite level of play. A torn ACL is a serious injury that often ends a player’s career.
If the video Martinez posted recently is any indication, it is looking like Martinez’s return is imminent.