Weston McKennie is sidelined six weeks with knee injury

Weston McKennie, the 19-year-midfielder, suffered the first setback of his young career at Bundesliga club Schalke 04 when he sustained a partial rupture to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the 1-1 tie with Hannover 96 on Sunday.

He will be out of action around six weeks.

McKennie was making the first appearance of 2018 for Schalke 04, coming off the bench in the 63rd minute for Bayern Munich-bound Leon Goretzka in central midfield.

Twenty minutes later, he injured his knee in a challenge with Hannover's Felix Klaus. McKennie immediately clutched his knee, tried to continue but was taken out of the game.

Less than a year after he signed from FC Dallas academy program, McKennie was promoted to the Schalke 04 first team and made his debut on the last day of the 2017-18 season.

He has played 14 goals -- with nine starts -- for Schalke this season. Schalke 04 is one of four teams tied for second place with 31 points, 16 points behind Bayern Munich.

1 comment about "Weston McKennie is sidelined six weeks with knee injury".
  1. R2 Dad, January 23, 2018 at 1:34 a.m.

    BAd news. I don't understand why players that suffer knee injuries that MAY indicate ligament damage are encouraged to soldier on and possibly further aggravate the damage. First Zelalem and now McKennie. Imagine how much worse this would be for WM if we were going to Russia this summer and he made the roster, only to do his knee like this. Anyway, speedy recovery to both US youngsters.

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