United States men’s national team forward Timothy Weah will miss the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and is a question for the start of World Cup qualifying after undergoing surgery.
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Weah suffered a torn hamstring with Lille on Feb. 16, reports The Associated Press. He had just returned to the lineup after missing six months with another hamstring tear.
“Hopefully we can have him back for the start of next season,” said manager Christophe Galtier.
Weah, who turned 20 last week, has managed just 84 minutes for Lille this season after joining from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The injury-riddled season has also caused his USMNT cap total to stall at eight. He scored against Bolivia and has an assist versus Colombia, all in friendlies.
The son of football legend and Liberian president George Weah, Timothy Weah had two goals in six appearances for PSG and a 17-appearance loan with Celtic. He scored four goals with an assist in Scotland.
USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter will hope Weah can get back to health before CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in the Fall, but he would’ve planned to give him plenty of run before then. Harsh times for the youngster. Get well soon.
It looked like a major piece of the U.S. National Team future was finally back, healthy and ready to go.
And then he wasn’t.
Timothy Weah returned from a six-month absence but lasted just 10 minutes before succumbing to another hamstring injury this past weekend, deepening what is already a troubling situation for the USMNT.
Several key players have missed valuable club time of late, causing worry for fans who want to see their players in good form through the club season before the start of 2022 World Cup qualifying later this summer.
Weah is far from the only young and talented American who has been absent from club matches of late. Christian Pulisic, who had finally begun to hit his stride at Chelsea, has been out since early November with a groin problem and suffered a setback two weeks ago. Tyler Adams was felled by a calf injury after only recently returning from his frustrating groin injury. Michael Bradley is down four months after ankle surgery that suspiciously cropped up two months after the MLS Cup final. Paul Arriola just went down with a serious knee injury, believed to be a torn ACL, the same injury that just saw Eric Lichaj end his season early. Duane Holmes is out “several weeks” with ankle injury, the same problem that has Matt Miazga is out for a “significant amount of time.” Paxton Pomykal went under the knife for the third time in three years this past October and still hasn’t recovered, and his FC Dallas teammate Brandon Servania has also missed time this preseason. Fortuna Dusseldorf sent Zack Steffen back to Manchester last week for further testing on a troublesome knee.
What’s worse is these are not older players who you’d expect to be struggling with injuries, nor are they players like John Brooks who have been previously established as injury prone. These are young players or those contributing well at the club level who have ended up all on the shelf at the same time. Guys Pulisic, Weah, Adams Steffen, and Pomykal who are the cornerstone of the next USMNT generation. Guys like Lichaj and Holmes who are pushing for a spot on the roster with excellent form at the club level. Guys like Bradley who, while 32 years old, has been an iron horse throughout their careers. Guys like Miazga, and Arriola who have been regular contributors for some time now and could use a boost at the club level to push them to the next tier of importance on the international stage.
The USMNT reconvenes in March for friendlies against the Netherlands and Wales, and while the Olympics (if they qualify) aren’t until the summer and CONCACAF doesn’t begin 2022 World Cup qualifying until early September, club form going into those competitions are incredibly important, especially for young players still developing and those looking to break into the squad. It would follow that many of the aforementioned youngsters would be in the mix for the Olympic squad. These injuries only serve to get in the way.
Timothy Weah was back in action in Lille’s 2-1 loss to Marseille on Sunday after a 183-day absence.
The American attacker played the final 10 minutes of the defeat after being inactive since Lille’s second match of the season back in August 17 in which he suffered a “very bad hamstring tear“.
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Weah arrived at Lille in June on a $12 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain, placing high expectations on the 19-year-old son of Ballon d’OR winner George Weah.
Since, however, the U.S. men’s national team player has had little activity with the French side, accumulating less than 100 minutes over a three-game stretch.
Lille manager Christophe Galtier will likely ease Weah’s way into the a starting role moving forward – which is largely contingent on his performances at practice and in official play.
Lille, who’ve accumulated 40 points in 25 matches, are currently fourth in Ligue 1.
American winger Timothy Weah is finally back training with Lille, five months after arriving on a $12 million deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
Weah started Lille’s Ligue 1 opener as an attacking mid and came off the bench in the second match on Aug. 17 before suffering a long-term injury.
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The “bad hamstring tear” cost the 19-year-old the chance to stake his claim to a spot in Lille’s young attack. Blossoming center forward Victor Osimhen (21) has 10 goals and four assists this season while attacking mid Jonathan Ikone has three and three.
A former Golden Boy nominee, Weah scored twice in six first team matches for PSG before going on loan to Celtic. His half-season in Scotland saw four goals and an assist in 17 appearances.
Lille’s fourth-place finish in its Champions League group mean its European season is over, but the side is still plenty busy.
Lille sits fourth in Ligue 1 with 31 points, two back of third and 14 behind leaders PSG. The club beat Amiens in the French League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday and is in the French Cup’s Round of 32.
Will Weah be back in action before his 20th birthday on Feb. 22?
Tim Weah’s stock was trending upward — rather steeply, in fact — after starring for the U.S. U-20 national team at the U-20 World Cup over the summer, followed by a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Lille where he has earned regularly playing time for last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up.
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In the words of USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter, Weah was due for a recall to the senior national team for this month’s friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay. Unfortunately for the 19-year-old winger, he was unavailable to take the call due to what Berhalter called on Monday “a very bad hamstring tear” — quotes from Yahoo:
“We would’ve given [Weah] a look in this camp. He’s playing for Lille, doing a good job.”
The injury comes at a most unfortunate time for Weah and the USMNT, as he has performed well for Lille this season and could face a long road back, not only to fitness but also a first-team place.
USMNT fans will have to wait to see all three of Weah, Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent — the Yanks’ next generation of highly-touted attacking talent — on the field at the same time.