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Weston McKennie joins De la Torre with pre-World Cup injuries for USMNT

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USMNT fans can add Weston McKennie’s status to their list of concerns for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

McKennie will miss at least two weeks, according to reports, after suffering an injury before halftime of Juventus’ 1-0 win over Lecce on Saturday.

It’s a significant short-term issue for Juve, who has not sealed its spot in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds and faces Inter Milan in Serie A play next weekend.

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But it’s a much bigger concern for Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT, who is also monitoring an injury to would-be deputy Luca de la Torre ahead of next month’s tournament. Celta Vigo’s de la Torre reportedly could miss three weeks.

Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah, knock on wood, are healthy, but absences for McKennie and/or De la Torre could open increased playing time doors for Kellyn Acosta, Cristian Roldan, Johnny Cardoso, Malik Tillman, Gianluca Busio, and others.

The Yanks do have strong options at attacking central midfield, where Brenden Aaronson, Giovanni Reyna, or Christian Pulisic could function with two more defensively-active mids.

McKennie has logged over 1,000 minutes for Juve this season, scoring three goals and adding an assist. The 34-times capped USMNT midfielder is a regular starter when healthy for club and country.

Who would you use in the midfield if McKennie can’t go?

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