USMNT announce Pulisic will return to Chelsea

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Christian Pulisic will not feature for the USMNT against Wales on Thursday as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed that Pulisic, 22, would not feature in the USA’s first friendly game since the pandemic arrived in March.

Christian Pulisic injured his hamstring in the warm up before Chelsea played Burnley on Oct. 31 and then suffered a setback in training and has missed Chelsea’s last three games in the Premier League.

“Christian Pulisic is leaving camp,” Berhalter said. “He had a great three or four days with the team. He was able to get treatment and be with the guys, connect with the staff again. It was great to see him. Unfortunately he won’t be taking part in the match. He is a player we are certainly going to miss and with his quality we wish we could have him on the field, but that is not going to happen.”

Pulisic has spent the last few days in Wales at the USMNT training camp and has been spending time with his close friends on and off the pitch during the international break, as he hasn’t linked up wit the national team since November 2019.

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With Pulisic not expected to play for the USMNT in 2020, his next opportunity to play for the Stars and Stripes will now be in March 2021 as he will have gone close to 18 months without playing a minute for the U.S. men’s national team.

When will Pulisic be back?

Berhalter added that was ‘hard to speculate’ when Pulisic would return to action for Chelsea but said he was ‘making good progress’ and that he had been in the treatment room three times a day while with the USMNT.

Let’s see if Pulisic will be fit for Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle United on Nov. 21.