Weston McKennie to Miss Critical World Cup Qualifiers
The USMNT star is looking at a lengthy stretch on the sidelines.
[SWIFT KICKS] United States men's national team star and Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie fractured the third and fourth metatarsals of his left foot in his club's 1-1 draw with Villarreal in the Champions League.
McKennie was subbed off in the 81st minute for Denis Zakaria. And reports are he'll be out for up to 2 months now.
The injury is bad news for Juve, but perhaps more so for the USMNT.
The United States is second in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table with matches against Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica to come in March.
For the moment, the team is in a place to qualify for the World Cup, but that outlook can easily change.
Only four points separate the U.S. from Panama in fourth place, which would mean dropping into the qualifying playoff.
A lot of U.S. fans are rightly freaking out about the injury of one of their best players. But current first place team Canada just ran a 9-point qualifying window without their star, Alphonso Davies. If Canada can play, and win, without their best, then the U.S. will have to do the same.
Still, as we've previously written about, it's not out of the question for Gregg Berhalter's squad to fall all the way to fifth—Costa Rica trails the United States by five points—and thus miss the World Cup altogether for the second cycle in a row.
The Mckennie injury will only make that possibility more likely.