Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins has left the team to seek treatment on an aggravated tendon above his knee. The injury kept him out of the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal Tuesday at CenturyLink Field.
Martins has already been ruled out of the second leg of the series on April 9 at Mexico’s Santos Laguna, according to coach Sigi Schmid.
“He’s had this injury before and he was treated by a doctor, so we’ve let him go back to see that doctor,” Schmid said. “Then he’ll be back early next week. We’ll be in communication and hopefully whatever the guy did the last time will resolve it and he’ll be able to do it again.”
Asked about where Martins is traveling, Schmid said “it’s not in Seattle”, but didn’t clarify further.
“He was going to be out for Tuesday anyway,” the coach added, “so we figured now was a good window to … get that fixed. And then hopefully he’ll be ready to go by the time we play New England (on April 13).”
The Sounders, which trail the series 1-0, also have injury concerns to forwards Eddie Johnson (toe/hamstring) and David Estrada (eye). Johnson participated in warmups only on Thursday, and Schmid said the team will see how much he can do Friday. Estrada did not participate in activities Thursday.