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Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez set to play vs. NYCFC

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It’s one of the juiciest matchups of the early Major League Soccer season with New York City FC heading to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to meet Atlanta United on Sunday (6 pm ET | FS1) in what should be a high-flying showdown of attacking powerhouses wholesale soccer jerseys.

And while NYCFC star forward David Villa was back in action in Wednesday’s win over Real Salt Lake after missing three straight games due to injury, all eyes will be on his counterpart, Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez, who on Wednesday suffered an injury to his arm which left him in an aircast.

The Venezuelan international was back in training on Thursday, though his left arm was still in an aircast.

He could wear it in Sunday’s match, if necessary. While the Laws of the Game don’t make specific reference to casts, they do stipulate that protection can be worn to arms as long as they’re made of soft, lightweight, padded material. The referee typically examines any casts prior to the roster exchange (about 60 minutes before kickoff) and makes the judgement as to whether the cast presents a danger to other players.

Martinez is looking to keep up a torrid scoring pace. He already has five goals in 2018, including one in the Five Stripes’ 5-0 victory over LAFC in Week 6. That goal helped him set a new record for the most tallies in league history (24) through 25 matches.

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Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez set to play vs. NYCFC after injury Replic Atlanta United FC Jerseys

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez is set to be fit for Sunday’s match against undefeated New York FC after suffering an injury during training this week.

The Venezuela international jammed his fingers into Argentine defender Gonzalez Pirez’s shoulder during a drill on Wednesday, with the club fearing a serious injury after the 24-year-old collapsed to the ground in visible pain.

“It was tough to tell in the moment because he said he had pain in his fingers wholesale mesh jersey, his wrist, his arm and in his elbow,” manager Tata Martino said on Friday. “So the higher he went up his arm, the more worried we got.

“But in the end, it just ended up being his fingers.”

Martinez has been training fully since the injury and Martino joked that he doesn’t expect him to miss any time.

“If it’s still painful [Sunday], we’ll just have to cut off the fingers, and he’ll play anyway,” Martino said.

On the season, Martinez is tied for the league lead with five goals from five matches.

Despite his prolific start, however, Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan said the club was prepared to cope without him.

“We know that we have many important players on this team and he’s not the only important player,” Guzan said. “There’s a lot more and we’ve got guys who can step in.

“Part of this business is injuries and you have to deal with it. Luckily for us, it wasn’t anything major and he should be good.”