Weston McKennie will miss the start of the 2022-23 Serie A season after suffering a shoulder injury in training with Juventus on its U.S. tour that ended Saturday night.
In a statement, Juventus said X-rays taken on Monday revealed a capsular lesion of the left shoulder and McKennie will begin rehabilitation, which will require three weeks of training on his own.
Juventus opens its Serie A season on Aug. 15 against Sassuolo and the UEFA Champions League's group stage on Sept. 6-7. The following week U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter will have to select his squad for the final two friendlies before the World Cup (Sept 23 against Japan and Sept. 27 against Saudi Arabia).
This is McKennie's second shoulder injury in his pro career. In December 2019, he dislocated his shoulder while playing for Schalke 04. At the time, the German club said he'd be sidelined until February, but he played in the club's last two games in January.
McKennie missed the USA's three matches in the final World Cup qualifying window in March after breaking bones in his foot in February. The injury kept him out of 11 Serie A matches before his return for the final match at Fiorentina.
He played in only seven of the USA's 14 World Cup qualifiers, missing two games in September (suspension for breaking team rules), one game in October (quad injury) and one game in November (suspension for yellow-card accumulation) in addition to the three matches missed in the final window in March.
The USA went 5-1-1 with McKennie in the lineup during qualifying. He typically lined up in midfield alongside Yunus Musah as a twin 8 in front of Tyler Adams. In June, Berhalter experimented with Brenden Aaronson, Luca de la Torre or McKennie in a more advanced position in front of Adams and Musah.
McKennie scored two goals in qualifying, the second goal in the 2-0 win over Mexico and opening goal in the 3-0 win over Honduras.