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Weston McKennie ruled out of return Nations League match against Trinidad and Tobago

The USMNT were dealt a blow with the news that the Juventus player sustained a knee problem which will see him miss the second leg of the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinals against Trinidad and Tobago.

Weston McKennie queda fuera para la vuelta ante Trinidad y Tobago en la Nations League
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Gregg Berhalter’s United States side have one foot on the 2024 Copa América and the semifinals of the Concacaf Nations League, this after beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in Austin despite having a man advantage for much of the game after Noah Powder was given his marching orders after 37 minutes.

Gio Reyna #7 of U.S. Men's National Team
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Gio Reyna #7 of U.S. Men's National Team RONALD CORTESAFP

Despite the resounding victory, US fans were far from happy with the performance of Gregg Berhalter’s side with the coach set to be without Weston McKennie for the second leg in Port of Spain next week.

US Soccer confirmed that the Juventus player will return to Turin after complaining of a knee problem with a tendinopathy the issue. There are no plans at this late stage of the international window to call up a replacement.

McKennie’s injury history with the national team

This will be the seventh time that the 25-year-old midfielder has missed a game with the USMNT with his last absences coinciding with the run in of the World Cup qualifiers.

A metatarsal fracture left McKennie missing matches against Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica, where Gregg Berhalter’s team secured a win, draw and loss without the Serie A star.

Weston McKennie en la órbita de la Roma de José Mourinho
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Weston Mckennie #8 of USALOUIS GRASSEAFP

On 27 March, McKennie was also unable to appear in the United States’ game against El Salvador match due to a knee injury. The midfielder was also unable to play against Bosnia, Paraguay and Italy back in 2018.