Atlanta loses Brooks Lennon 6-8 weeks with knee injury

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ATLANTA — Injury-plagued Atlanta United lost another player, announcing Monday that defender Brooks Lennon will miss six to eight weeks after a freak incident.

Lennon injured his left knee ahead of a 2-1 loss at Toronto on Saturday. During pre-game warm-ups, he slipped on a hard rubber surface that surrounds both sidelines at BMO Field and sprained the MCL.

Lennon, 24, had to be carried off the field by a teammate and coach. He was expected to make his 70th league start for Atlanta since joining the team ahead of the 2020 season. He has already made 86 appearances for Real Salt Lake.

United have already lost star defender Miles Robinson and goalkeeper Brad Guzan to season-ending Achilles injuries. Robinson’s injury will likely prevent him from playing for Team USA at the World Cup.

Additionally, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was lost for the season to a knee injury, and former league MVP Josef Martinez missed seven matches after undergoing arthroscopy on his right knee.

Several of the injuries occurred at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, raising concerns over the new FieldTurf artificial surface which was installed just before United’s season opener.

The Major League Soccer Players Association has expressed concerns about the safety of the turf, which is the same product and brand that has been used since the stadium opened in 2017.

But Lennon’s injury couldn’t be blamed on Atlanta territory.

United have won just two of their last 10 games and slipped to 10th in the MLS Eastern Conference.

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