Pioli: McKennie has a hip problem, but he grits his teeth like a rock

Monday22 February 2021 | 20:42
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The Juventus manager reveals that the United States international is now among the many players who have recently given him fitness headaches.

Weston McKennie

is suffering from a “hip problem” at


, according to

Andrea Pirlo

. The American midfielder is praised for being “a rock” that “grits his teeth” and moves on.

The 22-year-old was expected to do the same as they pushed to get past the unexpected injury problems.

McKennie has played a key role in the

Serie A

champions’ squad, with the loanee strengthening himself for the better cause of his side.

Before the battle against


on Monday, the Juve boss has provided an update on the USMNT star’s fitness: “

McKennie is also not 100% fit, he has a hip problem, but he is a rock and he grits his teeth because we haven’t got many players available.”

Several senior players are suffering injuries including Paulo Dybala, who has been out of action since January 10th due to a knee problem, while Arthur is recovering from a muscle complaint and Adrien Rabiot is in suspension.

Aaron Ramsey and Rodrigo Bentancur are getting better after dealing with slight knocks, but Pirlo has to change the position of his players regularly.

The Juve boss has added: “

Dybala is not available yet. He still feels pain in his knee, unfortunately he is not improving. He still has problems, so we have to wait a little bit more. Ramsey is available and it’s good news.

“We miss Arthur, he is the only midfielder with different characteristics, but we have many options to replace him: Ramsey, Bentancur and Fagioli.

“They can adapt to our system, but they don’t have the same characteristics of Arthur. We’ll try to find the best solution.

“Arthur must be assessed day by day. He feels pain and for now he can’t play, there isn’t a recovery time settled, he can’t play until he feels no pain.

“Bentancur is feeling better, he had a slight physical problem this week, but I think he will be available.”

Juventus are sitting sixth on the Serie A table, 11 points behind the current leaders



About the

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, Pirlo’s side need to work their way up, having been defeated by Porto with a 2-1 result.

source: SportMob