Juventus confirmed the timeline for USMNT star midfielder Weston McKennie’s recovery this morning, with a return to the field sometime in late-August a possibility.
Media reports indicated that McKennie dislocated his left shoulder in the final days of the Bianconeri’s US tour, with original estimates putting his time out at a minimum of four to six weeks.
Following their return to Turin and a full evaluation by team staff, Juventus confirmed a more optimistic timeline, which could see him only miss their first two Serie A games.
“Weston McKennie this morning underwent radiological examinations at J|Medical that showed a capsular injury of the left shoulder,” Juventus announced on their website. “The player will begin the rehabilitation process and will require three weeks of individual work.”
If taken verbatim, the three-week timeline would put the Texan back in full team training immediately following their August 22 visit to Sampdoria, potentially making him available to play their first tough test of the season the following Saturday against Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
For USMNT fans, this will give the midfielder as many as five league games and two Champions League games ahead of the late-September international break, partially alleviating any fears of any rust ahead of the team’s final chances to prepare ahead of the World Cup in November.