USMNT injury news: Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie, Miles Robinson and latest updates for USA internationals as World Cup preparations begin

After securing a place in the 2022 World Cup, United States has been struck by the injury bug ahead of this summer’s World Cup tune-up matches. Many players are either struggling with new injuries or dealing with lingering problems that have continued through the season.

A host of important players have been struck down in recent weeks, as head coach Gregg Berhalter will be sweating the health and form of key players as the summer arrives and the team prepares for World Cup tune-up matches.

Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna, and Matt Turner were all sidelined recently and have struggled to see the field. There are also others with injury problems that have cropped up recently, as Miles Robinson and Chris Richards were sidelined with long-term issues.

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Here is an updated list of all key USMNT internationals currently struggling with injury problems, either sidelined or with a reduced ability to compete.

Weston McKennie (foot)

The 23-year-old midfielder was injured on Champions League duty with Juventus, suffering a broken metatarsal against Villarreal in the Round of 16 first leg. He went down under a heavy tackle by Pervis Estupinan in the 81st minute that caught his foot awkwardly.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that McKennie would miss the remainder of the club regular season, ruling him out for the USMNT March qualifiers plus another couple of months.

However, McKennie said in early April that he was actually targeting a return before the end of the season, and Allegri confirmed that the American could potentially beat his previous diagnosis and make it back before campaign concludes.

“We hope to have McKennie back for the beginning of May,” Allegri told reporters. “Where there’s at least four or five matches left.”

Gio Reyna (hamstring)

Gio Reyna has missed nearly the entire club season with a hamstring injury that will not go away. The injury was initially suffered on international duty, withdrawn late in the 0-0 draw with El Salvador that began the competition back in early September.

The 19-year-old has attempted numerous comebacks since, with many falling short and seeing Reyna return to the trainer’s room. In February, Reyna earned his first start since August, but only made it 29 minutes before he was brought off the field in tears.

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He has finally returned to the field successfully, but both his club team Borussia Dortmund and international side wish to ease him back to competition for fear of another setback. Reyna has had a pair of substitute appearances in Bundesliga play in the past week, and he earned a start against Koln on Saturday, surprisingly finishing the full 90 minutes and looking dangerous on occasions.

Berhalter admitted he will monitor Reyna’s minutes with the international squad, saying, “I had a good call with Dortmund today, with the coach at Dortmund and planning out his usage, how much we can use [Reyna].

“The important thing is us qualifying to the World Cup, but secondly, it’s Gio returning healthy to his club. And we’re mindful of his load, the work that he’s done the last couple of weeks, and we’re going to adjust accordingly.”

Unfortunately, the hamstring problems resurfaced as Reyna returned to Germany. After just six minutes of play against Stuttgart on April 8, Reyna was withdrawn and could be seen in tears again as he exited the pitch. Dortmund boss Marco Rose confirmed that Reyna would miss the rest of the season.

Miles Robinson (Achilles)

On May 7, starting USMNT center-back Miles Robinson suffered a serious foot injury in an MLS match for Atlanta United against the Chicago Fire.

In the 18th minute of the match, Robinson landed awkwardly on his left foot settling the ball with his chest under no pressure. He went down in pain and slapped the ground in frustration, immediately aware that something bad had happened. Robinson was eventually stretchered off the field, clearly in pain and very upset.

While there’s no official word yet of the injury, Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda said after the match, “I think it’s going to be a bad injury.” From the video, it’s quite apparent that Robinson was gesturing to his left Achilles.

Social media reaction to the injury seemed to point towards playing on turf at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as a potential cause for the injury, as Atlanta United has suffered a number of long-term tendon injuries this season, many coming on turf fields both at home and on the road. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan also tore his Achilles, and midfielder Ozzie Alonso tore his ACL.

Robinson has been a first-choice defender for a number of years now under head coach Gregg Berhalter, and at a position of thin depth for the United States, it will be a race against time for Robinson to regain match fitness for the 2022 World Cup, with likely not enough time for a return before the tournament.

Sergino Dest (hamstring)

Like Gio Reyna, young full-back Sergino Dest has not been able to build any momentum at Barcelona, continuously hampered by his troublesome hamstring.

Just days prior to the March international window, Dest was taken off late against Galatasaray in the Europa League with a hamstring injury. The injury occurred just hours before the USMNT roster release for the March qualifiers, so Dest was initially included, but was replaced in short order by George Bello.

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Dest’s injury was bad enough that he was seen being carried piggyback-style by Barcelona teammate Gavi back at the team hotel after the match.

The American missed almost a month of action, returning for three La Liga matches. Barcelona defenders began dropping like flies, with Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, and Dani Alves all withdrawn in a single match against Real Sociedad. Dest was handed a start against Rayo Vallecano, but after a poor bit of defending ultimately conceded the game’s only goal, the American was the next victim of the club’s injury bug, withdrawn at halftime due to another hamstring injury.

The club announced the injury the following day, with no timeline for Dest’s return. He could possibly miss the remainder of the season.

Matt Turner (ankle)

The starting goalkeeper for nine of the 11 USMNT World Cup qualifiers this cycle, Matt Turner went down with a sprained ankle in New England Revolution preseason training.

His club manager Bruce Arena was non-specific regarding Turner’s timetable for a recovery, saying Turner would need “a few more weeks” when speaking in early March. However, the injury was significant enough that Berhalter left Turner off the USMNT roster for March qualifiers, replaced by Ethan Horvath.

As a result of the injury, Turner, who has earned a move to Arsenal this coming summer, has not yet appeared for the Revs in the young 2022 MLS season.

Chris Richards (foot/thigh)

Richards, like Reyna, was injured on international duty. The 21-year-old defender was injured late in the 2-0 loss to Canada in the previous window, forced off the field before full-time leaving the U.S. down to 10 men having already used all its substitutes. After the match, Berhalter admitted fears that the foot was broken, but later reports seemed to indicate it was not that severe.

Nevertheless, Richards has not featured for Hoffenheim since, missing seven Bundesliga matches as a result of the injury. He was not included on the March international roster, and no timetable for his return was given at the time.

Richards returned to play for Hoffenheim on April 2 and played in three matches, but a new injury cropped up as he picked up a thigh injury. He was withdrawn from the match against Gunther Firth on April 17, and Hoffenheim confirmed he would miss the rest of the season.

Brenden Aaronson (knee)

One of the most recent additions to the list, Brenden Aaronson was withdrawn from the RB Salzburg starting lineup just prior to the March 20 Austrian Bundesliga match against Wolfsberg.

Initially there was some confusion as to the severity of the injury and whether Aaronson would miss the three World Cup qualifiers. First on the report was Meg Swanick, then ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.

U.S. soccer disputed this, saying Aaronson was “day-to-day.” Then, just hours later, U.S. soccer announced that Aaronson would miss the three World Cup qualifiers, unable to return in time to play in any of the critical matches.

Aaronson eventually returned to club action with RB Salzburg on April 24, and should be fit and ready to go for the USMNT this summer.