United States National coach Gregg Berhalter sent midfielders Weston McKennie back to the club page Juventus before the World Cup qualifier on Wednesday against Honduras, announced the US Football Association on Monday.
The decision comes after McKennie was banned from 1-1 draw against Canada on Sunday in the World Cup qualification. McKennie later posted on Instagram that his suspension was due to violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols.
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After the game, Berhalter said it “remains to be seen” whether McKennie would be available to play in Honduras. On Monday it was decided to further suspend him.
“Weston will be returning to Italy and will not be available for the game against Honduras for violating team guidelines, “Berhalter said in a statement that everyone in the group is accountable.”
Earthquake in San José midfield player Jackson Yueill was called to take McKennie’s seat. It was also announced that Barcelona defender Sergino Dest was excluded from the game in Honduras after an ankle sprain against Canada.
With goalkeeper Zack Steffen tested positive for COVID-19 and Giovanni Reyna in the 0-0 draw against a hamstring strain The saviour, the US will have 23 players to choose from on Wednesday. Steffen’s place in the squad was taken from New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
McKennie’s absence will be clearly felt but Berhalter obviously believed he had no choice but to further discipline the Juventus midfielder after breaking the team’s protocol.
It’s not the first time McKennie has shown such behavior. In April he was banned by the then Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo after he found having a party This also included Juventus teammates Paulo Dybala and Arthur. He was also fined by the police.