USMNT

Weston McKennie out for 8-12 weeks with fractured foot

Lizzy Becherano
Weston McKennie is out for an estimated eight weeks
Weston McKennie is out for an estimated eight weeks / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages
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Weston Mckennie could be out for the rest of the season after suffering two broken bones during a midweek Champions League clash against Villareal. 

Juventus confirmed the news after an exam revealed a compound fracture of the second and third metatarsal bones.

An 80th minute tackle by Pervis Estupinan saw McKennie fall to the ground in pain. Assistance quickly rushed to his side after the player failed to get up and walk properly. Two people then aided him off the pitch.

The team projects his recovery time is about 8-12 weeks, forcing the player to watch from the sidelines as Juventus concludes their Serie A campaign on May 21. 

The midfielder will also miss out on the USMNT’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers, which includes the daunting trip to the Azteca to face North American rivals Mexico. 

The US travels to Mexico first on March 24, before hosting Panama in Orlando and closing out their campaign against Costa Rica on March 30. 

The American side is currently second on the Concacaf table, just three games away from qualifying for the international tournament. The top three nations progress directly to the World Cup, while the fourth place nation moves to a playoff round.

McKennie has been a huge part of the American team’s recent success, recording nine goals in 31 international appearances. The Juventus player also scored the second goal in November’s 2-0 victory over Mexico. 

Fellow American Gio Reyna also sits on the injured list after hurting his leg on Sunday in Borussia Dortmund's match against Borussia Monchengladbach.

While the Bundesliga side projects Reyna will return to training in two weeks, it remains unclear whether he will be fit enough for the upcoming qualifiers.

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