USMNT’s Tim Weah misses World Cup qualifier in Canada due to vaccination status

USMNT midfielder Tim Weah did not accompany the team to Hamilton, Ontario, and will miss Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada because his vaccination status does not meet the country’s eligibility requirements, manager Gregg Berhalter said on Saturday.

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Berhalter said Weah had received one dose of a vaccine and then contracted COVID-19, which prevented him from giving the second injection enough time to meet Canada’s requirements. Weah is considered vaccinated in France, where he plays for Lille, and was able to enter the US last Thursday for the game against El Salvador. He is expected to be available for Wednesday’s qualifier against Honduras at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“[Weah] had one injection, one vaccination. He got COVID, he was waiting for the second shot,” Berhalter said. “Because of the time he got COVID, he couldn’t get that second shot yet. However, in France he is listed as fully vaccinated because in France the single injection plus COVID means you have been vaccinated and you are fine. Technically it was not acceptable in Canada. This is something we have no control over, the nuances of the COVID protocol, and we just have to deal with it.

“This was a nuanced technical detail that we hoped would go through, but unfortunately it didn’t.”

According to the Canadian government, to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler, a person must have received at least two doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a combination of two accepted vaccines, or at least one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. . The second dose must be received at least 15 days before anyone enters Canada. Travelers should also not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Berhalter said the USSF was only notified in recent days that Weah’s vaccination status would be an issue. The Canadian government does not allow exceptions to the entry requirements for travelers.

The loss of Weah is a blow to the US given his excellent form lately. Weah secured the game-winner in the 2-1 win over Costa Rica in October, scored the lone goal in the 1-1 draw over Jamaica and provided the game-winning assist against Mexico during the November window. But the US has coverage in the wide front position, with Brenden Aaronson also showing up well in qualifying, scoring against Honduras and Canada.


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