Chelsea FC winger Christian Pulisic suffers setback for USA

The 24-year-old was expected to earn his 52nd senior cap for the United States in Friday’s friendly with Japan in Düsseldorf.

However, the USMNT announced Gregg Berhalter’s latest roster with Pulisic out, explaining he received an unspecified blow in practice earlier this week.

He is expected to be assessed daily to determine if he can play a role in the United States’ upcoming friendly against Saudi Arabia in Murcia on Tuesday, their final outing before naming the squad for the World Cup in Qatar, where they are in a group. B alongside England, Wales and Iran.

It is certainly not the first time Pulisic has been injured on international duty and he hopes the problem is not serious as he fights for his place under new manager Graham Potter at Chelsea.

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic won’t play for USA against Japan in Dusseldorf

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His future had become the subject of considerable doubt amid a lack of regular opportunities under former manager Thomas Tiuchel, despite being touted as a late substitute for Potter’s delayed first game in charge – the disappointing 1-1 Champions League group stage draw with Red Bull. Salzburg at Stamford Bridge on September 14.

He also featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brighton at the Amex Stadium, which the Blues won thanks to two goals from summer addition Carney Chukwuemeka.

Pulisic recently opened up about his strained relationship with Tuchel in an autobiography, admitting he was left ‘stunned and very disappointed’ after being omitted by the German for the second leg of the League semi-final second leg of the champions against Real Madrid last season, with Kai Havertz getting the last-minute nod instead.

Pulisic – whose father also appeared candid about his situation in west London – is only contracted at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2024 and has been linked with a host of clubs during the window of summer transfer, including Juventus, Manchester United, Newcastle and Atletico Madrid, among others.

He will be hoping to be fit for Chelsea’s first game after the international break as they begin an eventful pre-World Cup block of fixtures with a Premier League derby in London against Crystal Palace, which is quickly followed by a visit in the Champions League from Serie A holders AC. Milano.

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