Atlanta United's Josef Martinez injured in training

Jason Getz
The Venezuelan striker suffered an apparent arm injury on Wednesday during training, leaving him a doubt to face NYCFC on Sunday

Josef Martinez has been very tough for MLS defenders to stop, but his own teammates might have accidentally done the job instead. 

The Atlanta United striker and Venezuelan international suffered an apparent arm injury in training on Wednesday, according to multiple reports out of Atlanta. Martinez suffered the injury after colliding with a teammate toward the end of Wednesday's training session, a team spokesman confirmed to Goal.

Martinez was being evaluated by team doctors as of Wednesday afternoon, with no official word having yet been provided on a prognosis.

The injury comes just as Atlanta United is preparing for its toughest match of the season to date, a home clash with unbeaten MLS leader New York City FC on Sunday. The Five Stripes are riding a four-match winning streak, having most recently trounced Los Angeles FC, 5-0, last Saturday.

Martinez has scored five goals in five matches this season, leaving him tied with Sporting Kansas City's Felipe Gutierrez for the league lead. The 24-year-old dealt with his share of minor injuries in 2017, though those were generally of the leg muscle variety. 

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Those injuries didn't stop Martinez from having an outstanding first season in MLS. He scored 19 goals in 2017 despite being limited to 20 matches due to injury. His career total of 24 goals set a new record for the most scored by a player in their first 25 MLS matches.

If Martinez is unable to play against NYCFC, Tata Martino could look to deploy Miguel Almiron in a second-striker role, underneath Hector Villalba. Martinez's injury comes just a day after MLS transfer record signing Ezequiel Barco returned to training with Atlanta United following his recovery from a quad injury that forced him to miss the first month of the season.

Martino isn't likely to rush Barco into a starting role just yet, but if Martinez is forced to miss an extended period of time, then the 19-year-old should eventually be an option to replace him in the forward line.