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Atlanta United's Josef Martinez releases video of rehab with soccer ball after ACL tear

Josef Martinez won't join Atlanta United at the MLS is Back Tournament next month as he rehabs from a torn ACL, but he's working hard to return as soon as possible.

On Friday, he Tweeted a glimpse of his rehab, lightly toe-tapping a soccer ball with the injured right leg against a wall. We think that's a track from Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, on in the background.

Martinez was expected to miss up to six-plus months after his surgery in March. Depending on when MLS resumes after the tournament, he could return to help Atlanta down the regular season's final stretch.

The 27-year-old Venezuelan international scored 77 goals across his first three MLS seasons, the most productive three-season stretch in league history, helping Atlanta win MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup tiles in the process. His 31-goal campaign in 2018 was an MLS record before LAFC's Carlos Vela scored 34 the following season.

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