Has Sergino Dest given Gregg Berhalter a late World Cup injury scare? USMNT right-back misses ANOTHER AC Milan game due to adductor fatigue on the eve of the Qatar roster announcement
Question marks over Sergino Dest’s World Cup availability intensified on Tuesday night as the defender missed his third straight game for AC Milan.
The 21-year-old is USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s first choice at right back and is expected to be named in his World Cup squad on Wednesday.
But Dest was again absent for his team, Italian giants AC Milan, on Tuesday in its 0-0 draw against Cremonese in Serie A.
Sergino Dest has been expected to be the USMNT starting right back in the 2022 World Cup
Dest has missed several games due to what has been termed abductor fatigue
Last week, Dest was described by Milan, second in the Italian league standings, as struggling with adductor fatigue.
The USA kicks off its World Cup campaign against Wales on Nov. 21. Milan, meanwhile, has one remaining game in Italy before the World Cup begins – against Fiorentina on Sunday.
It could provide Dest, who is on loan at the club from Barcelona, with one last opportunity to get some minutes under his belt before the tournament starts.
He has played eight times for the Italians so far this season and also played in the USMNT’s last two games – a 2-0 defeat by Japan and a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia. His last game was October 30 against Torino.
After playing against Wales, the US meets England on Nov. 25. It rounds out its group against Iran on Nov. 29.
A version of Berhalter’s 26-man team was leaked online on Tuesday night, before his big announcement, and it included Dest on the roster.
Berhalter is sweating on a number of injured players with less than two weeks to go until the United States open their campaign against Wales.
The manager said he would assess sidelined stars on ‘case-by-case basis’ last week but did welcome some positive news.
‘Some of the guys we’re working with right now, Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman, we’re able to work with them now for about two weeks, which would be a good period,’ Berhalter said.
‘Guys that were injured last camp, like Cameron Carter-Vickers is now back on the field. That’s helpful. Mark McKenzie’s playing every week in Belgium.
‘Eric Palmer-Brown’s playing every week in France. And Tim Ream is playing every week in the Premier League. That’s a good thing. So I’m pretty comfortable that with that group we can get four center backs that can help us win games.’