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LAFC Injury Analysis: Atuesta questionable for second showdown in Dallas

Key midfielder picks up knee ailment.

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Ahead of the second game of Los Angeles Football Club’s doubleheader with FC Dallas, midfielder Eduard Atuesta has been listed as questionable with a right knee sprain.

In the 73rd minute of LAFC’s 2-0 win over Dallas this past Thursday, Atuesta took a knock from Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira when trying to play a pass to Steven Beitashour. Atuesta continued to play on until the 77th minute where he fell to the ground, grasping the medial aspect of his right knee as he was substituted off for Andre Horta.

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The diagnosis of a knee sprain indicates injury to one (or more) of the four ligaments that connect the bones of the knee joint together. The timeline for recovery is dependent on which ligament was sprained, as well as the severity of the injury. A grade I sprain would indicate microtears in the ligament, but require two weeks or less for recovery time to reduce swelling and pain. Grade II (partial tears) and Grade III (complete tears) can require even longer recovery times or possibly surgery depending on the involved ligaments.

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While the severity of Atuesta’s injury has not been made available, knee injuries are not to be taken lightly. Beyond the physical recovery time, is the psychological component of recovery that must also be addressed to ensure he is able to play the game to the best of his ability. Due to the position he plays, as well as the stye in which he plays it, his health is imperative to the success of the success of the team. With the upcoming game being played on short rest, I would expect the LAFC medical staff to proceed with caution.

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