Garza re­turns from in­jury

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS - By Doug Rober­son drober­son@ajc.com

At­lanta United’s Greg Garza re­turned to train­ing with the team for the first time on Fri­day since sus­tain­ing a shoul­der in­jury May 20.

Garza, a 27-year-old full­back, un­der­went surgery on the shoul­der less than two weeks later.

The team posted on Twit­ter on Fri­day that Garza was the first one out for the morn­ing ses­sion. At­lanta United man­ager Ger­ardo Martino has said sev­eral times in the past weeks that Garza was work­ing on get­ting the shoul­der back to close to full strength be­fore he re­joined his team­mates.

Garza had sus­tained sev­eral in­juries to the shoul­der since join­ing At­lanta United. It was in­jured in the open­ing min­utes of last year’s All-Star Game in Chicago, and then again at Min­nesota on March 31. Garza missed the next game at LAFC but re­turned the next week for the game at NYCFC.

At­lanta United is in first place in the East­ern Con­fer­ence, one point ahead of New York Red Bulls. Each team has two games re­main­ing. At­lanta United will host Chicago on Oct. 21.

Mikey Am­brose, Chris McCann and Ge­orge Bello have played left full­back or left wing­back in Garza’s ab­sence.

CUR­TIS COMP­TON/ CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Greg Garza has sus­tained sev­eral shoul­der in­juries since join­ing At­lanta United.

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