Weston McKennie’s injury hampered his role with Serie A club Juventus, but the American midfielder is recovering quicker than planned and reportedly could return to action before the end of the current season.
McKennie’s speedy recovery process has linked him with a possible return to action in late April, Tuttosport reported Monday. The U.S. men’s national team midfielder has been sidelined since mid-February due to a foot fracture suffered in UEFA Champions League Round of 16 play.
McKennie was originally scheduled to miss the remainder of Juventus’ season, club manager Massimiliano Allegri said back in early March. The Texas native’s injury forced him to miss the final round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers with the USMNT, however Gregg Berhalter’s side remains on the verge of automatic qualification to Qatar.
McKennie was one of the USMNT’s best performers during the octagonal round, featuring in seven of the team’s 13 qualifiers. He was SBI’s USMNT Man of the Match in a 3-0 win over Honduras back on February 2.
McKennie also remained a key player for Juventus, scoring four goals in 28 combined appearances for the Bianconeri across all competitions. Juventus sits in fourth place in Serie A, seven points behind leaders AC Milan with eight matches to play.
The Serie A giants also remain in the Coppa Italia competition, holding a 1-0 aggregate lead over Fiorentina in the semifinal round. McKennie’s return could provide a major boost to Juventus with key matches against Lazio and Fiorentina coming up in May.