Frank de Boer fears ‘serious’ injury after Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez is carried off on stretcher

Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer fears star forward Josef Martinez suffered a “serious” injury in the defending MLS champions’ win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Martinez was carried off on the stretcher after hurting his knee as Atlanta defeated the Earthquakes 3-1 on Saturday — ending his MLS record 15-match scoring streak.

The Venezuela international and reigning MLS MVP landed awkwardly after colliding with a teammate before he was substituted in the 79th minute at Mercedes-Benz Field.

It sent shockwaves around Atlanta, where Martinez has scored 26 goals to help the titleholders up to third in the Eastern Conference in their pursuit of back-to-back MLS championships.

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