Weston McKinney injury: USMNT and Juventus midfielder out for month with shoulder strain

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With the Italian club season around the corner JuventusInjury concerns are starting to mount. Weston McKinneywho missed Saturday’s pre-season friendly loss against Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, with a dislocated shoulder and could be out for up to a month, According to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The United States international was on the road to recovery after missing the end of last season, but this latest injury has dealt a major blow. The 23-year-old is not in danger of missing November’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but it’s worth noting that the US has friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia scheduled for late September. . It remains to be seen whether his recovery timeline prevents him from joining Greg Berhalter in their final friendly before the World Cup.

As for Juventus, Paul Pogba has already missed the start of the season with a knee injury, which could be severe enough to affect his status for the World Cup. Massimiliano Allegri has huge concerns in midfield due to pre-season injuries to Pogba and McKinney. As a result, Manuel Locatelli And Denis Zakaria will feature heavily, but it will be difficult to gauge the rotation for depth as Champions League play rolls around. This is where Matthijs de Ligt Already missed as his composure on the ball helped Juventus retain possession when the first-choice midfielder was absent.

As McKinney is a midfielder who is comfortable going either way. Replacing him will not be easy, but Juventus will get used to him as he has not made a competitive start for the club since February due to his foot injury. McKinney played 14 minutes on the final day of the season before taking part in the USMNT summer camp to regain fitness, but things will start from square one again with his latest injury.

The good news is that this dislocated shoulder is in a different part of his body so he’s not too concerned about his latest injury problems turning into chronic problems. Juventus will open their Serie A season against him. Sassuolo August 15 Good Paramount+But before that, Allegri has another friendly against Atletico Madrid on August. 7 Working through his midfield woes.