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Vaccination issue rules Tim Weah out of Canada game

The 21-year-old striker didn't travel with the team in crossing the border and will play no role in Sunday's World Cup qualifier in Hamilton.

Jan 27, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; United States forward Tim Weah (21) dribbles the ball while El Salvador midfielder Bryan Landaverde (8) defends during a CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifier soccer match at Lower.com Field. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkow
Trevor RuszkowskiUSA TODAY Sports

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter will be without striker Tim Weah for Sunday's key World Cup qualifying game in Hamilton against Canada after vaccination status confusion saw the Lille striker unable to cross the border.

Vaccination issue rules Tim Weah out of Canada game
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Weah received a single vaccine dose and later contracted covid-19 which in the eyes of the French sanitary system sees his him fully covered against the disease but not in Canada. Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Berhalter claimed:  "Weah has had one vaccination. He got covid and was awaiting the second shot. Due to the time he got covid, he wasn't able to get the second shot. In France it's okay. As a technicality, it's not acceptable in Canada."

The US squad will be without Weah and defender Brooks Lennon who has an ankle knock will be looking for a win that could mathematically secure a place in the forthcoming Qatar World Cup. Weah will be available for next week's game in Minnesota against Honduras.