Newcastle Striker Target Stretchered Off With Suspected Knee Injury

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez is reportedly on Newcastle’s radar and being tracked by scouts. The ex-teammate of Miguel Almiron has been on fire since joining the MLS three years ago. The Venezuelan international has scored 76 goals in just 83 appearances.

In last night’s 3-1 win against the San Jose Earthquakes, the 26-year-old collided with teammate Pity Martinez and fell awkwardly to the turf. He landed with his knee twisting behind him. Martinez was able to make his way to the sideline but was ultimately stretchered off the pitch.

Here is some footage of the injury posted by former Bolton midfielder and current Fox Sports analyst Stuart Holden. Stuart is also familiar with Newcastle after starting his career at Sunderland, though he never played in a game for them.

While it does not look good initially for Martinez, there is some hope provided by former US Men’s National Team striker Taylor Twellman who now works as an analyst for ESPN. Twellman, who scored 101 goals in 174 appearances in the MLS, provided the following update.

We hope that Josef Martinez is not seriously injured as that would be such a shame for the in-form striker. Hopefully, it is just a knock and there is no structural damage to his right knee. The reigning league MVP has scored 31 goals in 36 appearances this season. The MLS play-offs are scheduled to start on October 9th.

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