Any hope of Weston McKennie returning for Juventus for their remaining games was ruled out by head coach Massimiliano Allegri on Sunday as he said the midfielder will not play the rest of the season as he recovers from a broken foot.
The 23-year-old suffered the injury during the Bianconeri’s Champions League game against Villarreal in February. He fractured the second and third metatarsals in his left foot in the 81st minute of the round of 16 game which was supposed to sideline him for eight to twelve weeks.
Speaking after Juventus’ game against Spezia, Allegri said McKennie has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
“The season is over for Weston because of his injury,” Allegri said. “He’ll be back next season.”
The injury to the Texan has not only come at a bad time for Juventus but also for the U.S. national team. With the final three games in Concacaf World Cup qualifying coming later this month against Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama, his influence in the midfield will be greatly missed.
The U.S. currently sits in second place in the standings with a chance to either qualify automatically or head to a playoff in June if they finish fourth.